HVG takes a brief look at how well Péter Márki-Zay has done as Hódmezővásárhely mayor since assuming the post in 2018, noting that the united opposition leader promised to end official corruption, restore press freedom, and help the impoverished in the town.

Hódmezővárárhely’s Vice-Mayor, János Szabó, notes that the town has made its procurement process more competitive, resulting in tenders that are regularly 30-40% cheaper than in the past.

However, local Fidesz leader Tamás Cseri claims that “corruption is woven through the actions of city leaders,” mentioning examples of tenders awarded to close advisors of the mayor, including his own brother-in-law. In an interview with Partizan, Márki-Zay stated that he attempted to talk his brother-in-law out of applying for a roadwork tender, but in the end his relative’s company submitted the cheapest bid.

By Steven