Opposition candidate Gergely Karacioni issues statement after being elected Mayor of Budapest, Hungary, October 13, 2019 REUTERS / Bernadett Szabo / File Photo
On Saturday, Budapest Mayor Gergely Caracioni announced his aspirations for prime minister from six Hungarian opposition parties that are trying to forge an alliance to battle Prime Minister Viktor Orban in next year’s national elections.
The Hungarian opposition said earlier this week that it will hold the country’s first-ever primary this year to select joint candidates for the 2022 elections, which could jeopardize Orban’s more than a decade in power. read more
The hard-line nationalist Orban and his Fidesz party have slumped three times in a row since 2010, mainly due to an electoral system that favors the big parties, as the opposition has so far been fragmented and unable to cooperate.
“Full of faith and hope, accepting the support of the parties that support me … I can declare that I will run for prime minister in the opposition primaries,” Caracioni said in a Facebook video.
“I made this decision because I feel that my country is in grave danger,” he said. “We feel less and less that Hungary is one and indivisible,” said Caraczony, 45, adding that he will strive to reunite the country.
Caracioni, as a candidate from a small green liberal party, ousted the incumbent president of Fidesz in the 2019 municipal elections. He said that the opposition’s cooperation in this election could serve as a blueprint to topple Orban.
A Median poll released earlier this week showed Orban’s ruling Fidesz party was supported by 40% of all voters, while 36% of the electorate supported the United Opposition Party’s list.
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