The national organisational background of MSZP remains strong, and it is also fully united and committed to a change of era, including support for the candidate for prime minister who won the primary election, said MSZP caucus leader and vice-president of the National Assembly István Hiller on Thursday evening on ATV's programme "Straightforward Talk."
István Hiller said that it was not politicians who decided the outcome of the primary election, but the more than 660,000 voters, whom he thanked for their large turnout. "The politician made the offer, the voters freely chose, and at this point, every politician of every cooperating party has one and non-negotiable obligation: to help our joint candidate for prime minister become prime minister of this country."
"The Socialist Party has an organisation in all 106 constituencies; (...) this is by no means true for all parties. There wasn't a single leader who didn't say, “I had an opinion before the decision, the decision was then made, and from now on, I will support prime minister candidate Péter Márki-Zay with all my experience and talent,” Hiller said, also reporting on the main lesson of Wednesday's caucus meeting.
Having spoken with people who have cast their votes in the opposition primaries, he said that young people today are not thinking in terms of left or right, but are voting for the opposition alliance in the interest of a fairer, democratic country, and perhaps older people are now more likely to do the same these days.
The socialist politician, who won the primary election in his constituency with a landslide 84% of votes, stressed the importance of encouraging young people to practice participatory democracy. "Let them come! It is great that they are coming! A politician who is clinging to his influence, his position or even his seat because he doesn't want to hand it over to young people should not be voted for! My method is relatively simple: every four years I stand before people, my constituents in Pesterzsébet and Kispest , and I say: 'This is what I have accomplished, now I ask for your confidence,” he revealed.
As for the future formation of the parliamentary groups and the joint list, he said it was natural that everyone would have their initial opinions on this, but that these went beyond the internal affairs of a single party. "On issues that affect not only my party, but all the parties involved in the cooperation (...), I suggest and recommend to the cooperating parties that (...) we should take a unified position and only after a joint decision", MSZP's caucus leader proposed.