Péter Márki-Zay hopes that the opposition can soon begin collecting signatures for the referendum questions submitted by Gergely Karácsony in July and recently approved by the Curia High Court, ideally on Wednesday.
The two questions are the following:
Do you agree that the maximum period for the payment of unemployment benefits should be 270 days?
Do you agree that the National Assembly should repeal Act LXXXI of 2021 on the Fudan Hungary University Foundation regarding the transfer of assets to the Fudan Hungary University Foundation?
Márki-Zay held a press conference on the steps of Parliament as the National Assembly voted on extending the state of emergency inside the building, and while flanked by opposition MPs and winners of the primary elections.
The opposition’s designated candidate for prime minister encouraged everyone to sign the referendum petition because he believes these issues address real problems, unlike Fidesz’s policies. However, he got slightly mixed up on the topic of job-seeking benefits, first saying he would extend the benefit from 30 days to 90 days before being corrected by his new advisor András Simon, a former ATV television presenter.
Péter Márki-Zay said that hopefully today would be the last Parliamentary session of the last full year of the Orbán regime, and mentioned the record inflation and a record number of deaths from the coronavirus.
The opposition leader and mayor of Hódmezővásárhely also promised that his government would raise everyone up instead of just a corrupt elite, and that he would be willing to debate these topics with Orbán if the Prime Minister was willing to do so.