picture of György Gattyán

Péter Márki-Zay expressed skepticism and concern regarding businessman György Gattyán’s (pictured) recent announcement that he intends to run in Parliamentary elections next year, the opposition politician told television news RTL Híradó.

“György Gattyán may sincerely believe in the possibility of a third way, but it is also possible that Fidesz is behind these initiatives. I urge everyone who has an interest in replacing the government to vote for the joint opposition list and the joint opposition candidate,”

said Péter Márki-Zay.

Márki-Zay thinks it’s obviously in Fidesz’s interest to divide its opposition, and he asked all opposition voters to support the joint opposition’s candidates instead of those outside the coalition like the Our Country Movement, the Two-Tailed Dog Party, and György Gattyán.

The opposition’s joint candidate for prime minister believes that anyone who declares their candidacy after the primary election lacks legitimacy and a history, and that they will inevitably work to divide opposition voters. Márki-Zay hopes that he will divide Fidesz voters instead.

The TV channel also reported that Péter Márki-Zay met with Sándor Csányi, the chairman and CEO of OTP Bank, on Wednesday.

György Gattyán, who attained his wealth largely through adult-themed websites, reportedly intends to turn his movement into a party and run in the 2022 Parliamentary elections, as he announced in a preview of Sándor Friderikusz’s recent podcast that will be released on Thursday. Based on his own private research, the billionaire thinks that on paper he has a chance to win the election.

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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.