picture of Péter Márki-Zay

“The economic elite is starved for fair, non-corrupt leadership of the country. They don’t want anything else than to be left alone,” said Péter Márki-Zay, the opposition’s joint prime ministerial candidate, in an interview with Blikk.

The mayor of Hódmezővásárhely also said he considers it harmful if the state intervenes long-term in market processes, so he doesn’t think that a price cap on gasoline is a good solution to rising fuel prices.

He cited the United States as an example, where he saw that “when the price of gasoline went up twice, smart Americans bought smaller or hybrids instead of big cars, and not one, but up to three people went to work together.”

He added that the excise duty on fuel could be reduced, but then it should be said where the funds that these taxes cover will be taken from.

During the conversation, the opposition leader talked about how the pro-government press often states that he would end the utility reduction program.

The prime minister-designate responded by saying he would make a real utility cut. “Fidesz’s utility reduction is unsustainable. It is impossible to stop world market prices at the border. The solution is building insulation, renewable energy production and energy efficiency.”

Márki-Zay also discussed how his life changed after his candidacy. As he said, he still doesn’t have a bodyguard, although many are trying to talk him into getting one.

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By Steven N.

Steven is the editor-in-chief of Hungarian Politics. He has been following the political scene in Hungary and the Central European region more or less since 1994.