It makes no sense for Socialist and Párbeszéd leaders to campaign in Transylvania as ethnic Hungarians know whom to vote for in Hungary’s forthcoming general election, Hunor Kelemen, leader of the ethnic Hungarian RMDSZ party, told local news portal maszol.ro on Saturday.
Late on Friday Kelemen held talks with Socialist leader Gyula Molnár and Socialist-Párbeszéd PM candidate Gergely Karácsony on Romanian-Hungarian relations and the aspirations of the Hungarian community.
Expounding his party’s position, Kelemen said that the policy of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance towards Hungarian communities abroad was “good and should be continued”.
“They have asked me what they should do during the campaign in Transylvania. I told them sincerely that nothing. Campaigning is a waste of time and energy for them as Hungarians in Transylvanian clearly know whom they will vote for,” Kelemen said.
Molnar: Left wing aims to rebuild ties with ethnic Hungarian communities
The Hungarian left wing seeks to develop a new type of relationship with ethnic Hungarian communities in neighbouring countries, based on respect for acquired rights and transparency in Hungarian government support, Socialist leader Gyula Molnár said in Targu Mures (Marosvásárhely), in central Romania, on Saturday.
“A more predictable, calmer and more balanced policy for Hungarian communities abroad . would yield better results,” he told a press conference.
The Socialists welcome the recent increase in funds provided by Hungary for these communities and would not cut support if it comes to power, Molnár said. He added, however, that the transparency of government support should be restored.
Molnár reiterated that once in power, the Socialists would retain the voting rights of ethnic Hungarians abroad.
Gergely Karácsony, the joint PM candidate of the Socialists and the Parbeszed party, said that the voting rights of ethnic Hungarians abroad should by no means be withdrawn “as some opposition parties” proposed.