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Magyar and Vitézy seen as harbingers of a new opposition

May 23rd, 2024

A commentator believes that any real threat to Fidesz rule may come from within the ruling party itself.

On Válasz, Péter Magyari finds it telling that both candidates, whom he describes as the ’most exciting faces in the electoral campaign this year’, come from the ‘Fidesz world’. Péter Magyar, who recent polls suggest is supported by a quarter of decided voters just two months after he set up his Tisza Party, used to be a leading manager in several government-owned companies and was the husband of former Justice Minister Judit Varga. Dávid Vitézy who is running for Budapest Mayor and would beat the Fidesz candidate (although not incumbent Mayor Gergely Karácsony) comes from a family of well-known Fidesz intellectuals and held government posts in the second half of the 2010s. Fidesz has grown too big to quell disaffection within its ranks, Magyari thinks. The old opposition has been unable to pose a real threat to the ruling party, he continues, and asks whether those two dissidents will be followed by a significant mass of Fidesz supporters to make a change in government possible.


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