“It’s not our plan to turn the Everybody’s Hungary Movement (MMM) into a party, but building a conservative party is going full steam ahead. We want to create a right-wing party that is acceptable to conservatives who aren’t thieves or corrupt,” said Péter Márki-Zay in an interview to 168.
The opposition’s joint prime ministerial candidate added that the new party could be formed early next year, prior to the election.
Márki-Zay laid out his vision for a new party in Hungary that would encompass right-wingers “who are not thieves” and are apparently disenchanted with the ruling Fidesz-KDNP coaltion. As he put it, he is creating “an honest right-wing party that will have a place in the European People’s Party [in the European Parliament].”
The prime minister-designate added that he would remain non-party-affiliated during the campaign, but will “nonetheless support and help create the right-wing party I am creating.”
He also revealed that his government platform is already taking shape. “Significant parts of it are ready, such as keeping the fence and expeling the ‘Fidesz migrants,’ for example. Of course, there are many other elements, and we will continue to work on them,” the Hódmeszővásárhely mayor said in the interview.
Regarding the proposal of the Hungarian Two-Tailed Dog Party on the legalization of marijuana in Hungary, Péter Márki-Zay said that there are several degrees of this that need to be examined:
I am opposed to it in general, but I can imagine taking a look at the experiences of Western countries with different degrees of legalization. It would also be necessary to examine what the most successful type of regulation for Hungary would be. As far as I know, decriminalization has been very successful in the United States, so I think we need to look at what would work here.
The candidate also criticized the government’s management of the epidemic. As he said, “if we had entrusted it to a porter from Hódmezővásárhely, the country would have done better.” He added that:
The government is now spending 200 million Ft. to destroy five billion unused PCR tests. This is in a category of outrageous nonsense, while in Germany and Austria we see that a lot of deaths have been prevented through testing. But in Hungary, purchased tests were not even used. I have no words for this.