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MSZP opens way to primaries

December 1st, 2015

Népszabadság quotes analysts who believe that the Socialist Party congress put off the showdown between the party chairman and his critics until next spring. Two right-wing commentators suggest that the MSZP is on its last legs as a parliamentary force.

In Népszabadság, Ferenc M. László  reports that after a series of fierce attacks by former party leaders, Party Chairman József Tóbiás appears at first glance to be the winner, as his amendments to party statues, including the introduction of primaries to decide who will be the Socialist candidate for Prime Minister, were adopted by a large majority. In reality, he writes, quoting left-wing analysts, the clash over who will lead the party has just been postponed until next spring when the mandate of the leadership expires.

In Magyar Idők, László Néző regards the intra-MSZP feud as a fight for the remaining very few seats in Parliament the Socialists are likely to get at the next elections in 2018. He describes the idea of collecting signatures to demand an increase in wages throughout the country as an expression of the party’s ‘terminal illness’.

In Magyar Hírlap, Gyula T. Máté believes that the MSZP is falling apart, for its leading politicians hate each other more than even their arch-enemy, PM Viktor Orbán. Whomever they elect as their leader in June next year, he concludes, will be remembered by posterity as the chairman who presided over his party’s departure from Parliament.