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Opposition doldrums

December 27th, 2021

A liberal commentator thinks that growing distrust between the opposition parties is weakening their chances the April Parliamentary election.

In Telex, Marianna Biró offers an overview of the opposition alliance’s performance since the primaries. She contends that the Left has lost momentum, as internal disputes take a toll on their popularity. The liberal analyst recalls that according to a leaked poll commissioned by the opposition, Fidesz has increased its lead (see BudaPost December 18). Biró attributes the apparent weakening of the opposition to growing distrust among the leaders of the opposition parties. As an example, she mentions Péter Márki-Zay’s criticism of the opposition alliance. Among others, Márki-Zay complained that the opposition parties do not campaign actively enough, and went so far as to claim that some opposition politicians have betrayed him, and would prefer Viktor Orbán to remain in power. Márki-Zay also said that he would not rule out the possibility that the opposition parties will try to remove him and find another candidate for Prime Minister. Biro mentions another reason for the opposition’s perceived decline – porn tycoon György Gattyán’s recently announced bid (see BudaPost December 6).

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