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2020. november 17. 13:18

“We Have to Agree On A Common Program. We Are Working on It."

“We Have to Agree On A Common Program. We Are Working on It."
The opposition alliance must not only work together until 2022, but if voters so choose, they must also run a government coalition. “We have to agree on a common program. We are working on it,” said MSZP co-president Bertalan Tóth on Klubrádió on Friday.

He stressed that the 6 opposition parties do not want to write a program on their own: the cooperation of opposition civilians, the V21, trade unions, and experts are also involved in the work. They want to integrate everyone’s suggestions into the program. “The work is going well,” the co-president said.

"We have to show people what our vision is, what we have in mind, what we have to offer to Hungary," he stressed.

A common program is essential for the success of the election, he underlined. It must also be supportable and later accountable, too.

Once the minimum conditions have been agreed, the joint prime ministerial candidate, as well as the joint candidates, whichever party they may come from, “must identify with this minimum program. After all, how do we want to govern together later if we cannot even agree on these minimum issues?”

“It’s a very serious job, but we are taking the challenge seriously,” he declared, adding that the parties and civilians concerned have been working on this for months already.

He pointed out that not only should the technical details be agreed, “but indeed an offer should be made” to voters to counter Fidesz’s “two-faced, deceitful,” anti-rule of law policy, which “gives more to the wealthy and doesn’t give anything to those in need.”

He went on to say that once the program will be agreed, it should also be communicated to voters so they know what they are voting for. “We don’t want them to face the kind of surprises that have plagued voters continuously over the last 10 years of Fidesz governance,” he explained, adding that we are already at the 9th amendment to the “granite-strength” Hungarian Constitution.

He said he was confident they could agree on a timetable by the end of the year and that “2021 will be a year of pre-elections.”

He said that the Hungarian Socialist Party has an offer for the opposition parties. At their September congress, they adopted their three-pillar strategy, the pillars of which are:


• restoring the rule of law and democratic frameworks through a much broader social dialogue;

• the opportunity-creating state, which aims for a social turn for all segments of society from retirees through employees to  young people, with a rental housing program for the latter.

• environment protection and green policy, one of the challenges of the 21st century.

“I am very confident that many of our ideas will become part of the common program,” he said.

To the suggestion that it would be difficult to harmonise so many ideas, the co-president said that many examples of successful cooperation already exist. It is “no coincidence” that the trade union’s proposals have led to joint action against the curtailment of workers’ rights: a joint petition was submitted to the Constitutional Court and an 11-point joint package of proposals on epidemic management was presented to Parliament on Monday.

There are more and more common appearances regarding political, economic, and social policy issues, “on which we agree and that is why I am optimistic,” that the growing number of joint actions shall be embodied in a common program that the opposition can represent.

Asked whether he or Co-President Ágnes Kunhalmi would run for the position of prime minister, he replied: “You always have to decide when there is a decision point. That is not here just yet.”