The united six-party opposition coalition is working on drawing up a joint party list for next year’s Parliamentary elections, and Népszava has confirmed that the parties expect to be able to agree on the composition of the list by the end of the year at the latest, perhaps by Christmas.
“We would like to see a common list put together by January,” said one MP to the newspaper.
The prime ministerial candidates should be at the top of the joint opposition list in the order of their results in the primary election, ventured Péter Márki-Zay in September, who eventually won the primaries to become the opposition’s candidate for prime minister.
Márki-Zay’s proposal, however, not coincidentally excludes Ferenc Gyurcsány, the chair of the Democratic Coalition. “If Ferenc Gyurcsány is at the top of the list, then it’s possible that Viktor Orbán will win two-thirds of the seats in Parliament again,” said the opposition’s joint prime ministerial candidate.
However, if Klára Dobrev, who finished second in the primary election, remains a member of the European Parliament, then her inclusion on the opposition list would be symbolic, as would Gergely Karácsony, since the Budapest Mayor would not be expected to give up his current job for a seat in the Hungarian Parliament.