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Dobrev wins first round of opposition primary

October 2nd, 2021

A left-liberal author ponders Klára Dobrev’s chances of winning the second round of the opposition primaries, and then of a Dobrev-led opposition defeating Fidesz in April 2022. A pro-government columnist believes that the primary has helped to entrench Ferenc Gyurcsány’s alleged control of the Left.

In the first round of the opposition primaries, the Democratic Coalition’s Klára Dobrev came in first in 85 of the 106 voting districts and won the first round (see BudaPost October 1). Péter Márki-Zay, who received 20.4 per cent and came in third hinted that he may step back and support Gergely Karácsony in the second round.

In Heti Világgazdaság, Tibor Lengyel assesses Klára Dobrev’s chances of defeating Fidesz in April 2022. The left-wing liberal analyst points out that Dobrev may have achieved a landslide victory in the countryside, but she lost in Budapest where in several districts she was defeated not only by Karácsony, but by Márki-Zay as well. While she is the most divisive and rejected candidate on the Left, as a female, Dobrev may attract voters who are fed up with what Lengyel sees as the governing parties’ ‘male chauvinist’ rhetoric. He goes on to add that Dobrev’s firm English knowledge and experience in the EP may also secure her some advantage over Karácsony, and the strong network of the Democratic Coalition also represents a huge asset for her. Lengyel suggests that Dobrev’s uncompromising tone and determination could attract voters, but she will also have to say something about her family’s involvement in the Communist dictatorship as well as her spouse Ferenc Gyurcsány’s record in the 2006 atrocities.

Magyar Hírlap’s Ferenc Brém-Nagy sees the first round of the opposition primary as a decisive victory for Ferenc Gyurcsány, who may thus entrench his ‘leading role’ on the Left. The pro-government columnist writes that Gyurcsány atomized and divided the Left and kept it in that state, until he became the strongest voice in the opposition and achieved a position from which he is now spearheading the unification of the left-wing parties that lost their identity in the past decade. Brém-Nagy claims that the primary was a devastating blow for both Momentum and Jobbik, placing Ferenc Gyurcsány in even greater control of the Left than hitherto.

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