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Not All Opposition Parties Want to Join Forces on Common List

In addition to Hungary’s “joke” political party, the Two-Tailed Dog Party (MKKP), there are several other non-governmental parties that refuse to join the six-party democratic coalition that nominated Péter Márki-Zay as a joint candidate for Prime Minister and also plans to field parliamentary candidates on a common list.

Népszava writes about several of these parties, including the Yes Solidarity Movement for Hungary (ISZOMM), headed by former Socialist politician Tibor Szanyi. Szanyi is the party’s nominee for the prime ministerial post, and is planning to run candidates in all 106 electoral districts in next year’s parliamentary elections.

Likewise, Gyula Thürmer of the Workers’ Party, the unreformed successor to the pre-1989 Hungarian Socialist Workers’ Party, also plans to run its own candidates nationwide without coordinating with any other party. The Workers’ Party received around 15,000 votes in the 2018 Parliamentary and 2019 European elections.

Civil Response, a successor party to Jobbik led by MP János Bencsik, also intends to run its own party list of candidates for the election, as does the Reformers, led by former Jobbik politician and current MP Andrea Varga-Damm. Both Bencsik and Varga-Damm hope to attract voters who would otherwise not take part in the electoral process.

Finally, the opposition party Our Homeland Movement, yet another successor party to Jobbik, is not planning to joint the united opposition front and intends to field candidates in all 106 electoral districts.

Posted in 2022 Elections

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