A left-wing commentator suggests the Socialist Mayor of Szeged is fit for the hard job, while a conservative observer thinks he has no project to offer the electorate.
The Presidium of the Socialist Party decided to support Mr Botka’s nomination for Prime Minister a month ago (See BudaPost, December 24, 2016), and confirmed that decision on Tuesday. The Mayor of Szeged was asked to start negotiations with the rest of the left-wing opposition. Mr Botka said left-wing parties should run with joint candidates and a joint nationwide electoral list, on the basis of a new left-wing policy.
Népszava‘s György Sebes agrees
On Válasz, Barna Borbás pokes fun at “Botka’s magic weapon’ – the discovery that a new left-wing policy is needed. He recalls that Mr Botka used that very same formula over two years ago when he was elected Chairman of the MSZP National Council. Moreover, Borbás also produces links to speeches by MSZP leaders from 2008, 2009 and 2010 which made the same discovery, time and again. “An idea repeated so often by so many leaders must inevitably be a magic weapon”, he writes.