The elected lawmakers of the opposition Socialist and Párbeszéd parties took their oaths at the Monument of the Republic of Hungary on Tuesday, ahead of the inaugural session of parliament.
Speaking at the monument erected in Budapest’s 13th district, Párbeszéd co-leader Gergely Karácsony said that they would “go to parliament to fight” and ask the government on a daily basis what measures it has taken “to make Hungary once again a shared home of equal and free citizens”.
“We wish to represent the tormented, the humiliated, and put the questions the man in the street would ask to the prime minister and his government,” Karácsony said.
Bertalan Tóth, Socialist parliamentary group leader and head of the alliance of the two parties’ parliamentary groups, said they wanted to create the “representation of the majority” in parliament.
“We want to represent … the whole Hungarian nation,” he said.
Tóth said the Hungarian republic was a thing of the past. If it still existed, the election could not have been influenced by “systemic manipulation”, he said.
The Stone of the Republic of Hungary monument was erected by the Socialists in 2011 upon the approval of the basic law, which changed the country’s official name to Hungary.
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