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Socialist Party still ‘drowning’

December 5th, 2017

A leading left-wing commentator fulminates at the Socialist Party and the Left as a whole, and accuses them of being unable to produce a credible alternative to the incumbent government.

In Népszava, Róbert Friss paints a grim picture of the state of the opposition after the MSZP failed again last week to agree with the Democratic Coalition on joint candidates for next year’s elections. He lays the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Socialist Party, which he suggests still suffers from the delusion that it is the dominant left-wing force in Hungary. After the departure of László Botka as the MSZP’s frontrunner, he writes, the Socialist Party has lost much of its remaining credibility and should be consider itself lucky if it has more than five MPs this time next year. Friss asserts that most Hungarians do want to get rid of the current ‘indecent, crumbling and irrational’ government and are only waiting for someone to liberate them from it.

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