Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony will lead the party list for Dialogue in next year’s elections, the party decided at its congress on Saturday. This means that he will be in the top spot among politicians from Dialogue to appear on the common opposition list for the elections.
Péter Márki-Zay, the prime ministerial candidate for the opposition, recently told Index that he wanted the prime ministerial candidates to appear on the opposition list in the order that they ended up in the primary elections in the fall. If this holds true, Gergely Karácsony will be in the third place on the joint opposition list next April.
However, in a press conference after the congress, the mayor stated that his candidacy is symbolic and he has no intention of entering Parliament in 2022.
Karácsony said that still has work to do in Budapest, but together with a government led by Péter Márki-Zay, who views local government as an ally, not a thing to crush.
On the Dialogue party list, Karácsony is followed by Rebeka Szabó, the Deputy Mayor of Zugló, while third place goes to Olivio Kocsis-Cake, currently a Member of Parliament in the Dialogue caucus, followed by Roma politician Sándor Berki and Adrienn Jakál, a municipal representative from Sopron.
The Dialogue Congress also decided that the party would not promote politicians who won their primary elections in individual Parliamentary districts. As a result, the party did not place primary winners Tímea Szabó, Bence Tordai, and Dávid Dorosz at the top of their party list, expecting them to win their individual seats in the general election.
The opposition’s joint prime ministerial candidate was also present at the announcement. Péter Márki-Zay tried to reassure anyone who was worried that the opposition unit would crack, which he said was out of the question.
The entire unity of the opposition is getting stronger day by day
-said prime ministerial candidate Péter Márki-Zay.