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While the government has set April 3 as the date for both parliamentary elections and its four-question “child protection” referendum, the united opposition is also trying to get its own referendum on the ballot that day.

András Simon, communications director for the United for Hungary coalition, said that the opposition was making good progress on collecting signatures for its referendum, and that at least 150,000 people had already signed the two petitions on the issues of a Budapest campus of Fudan University and extending the period of unemployment benefits.

United for Hungary expects to have the necessary 200,000 signatures by the time the official campaign period begins on February 12, and is hoping for 230,000-240,000 to be on the safe side. However, the opposition’s party list of candidates is not expected to be ready before the end of January, nor will the complete text of its policy platform be released either, although new details in certain areas are still being rolled out.

Momentum President Anna Donáth grumbled about the opposition’s slow decision-making process in a recent interview, especially criticizing the attitude of the Democratic Coalition (DK). In response, DK’s Gergely Arató only stated that, to his knowledge, his party had collected the most signatures for the opposition’s referendum.

[Népszava][Photo: Péter Márki-Zay / Facebook]

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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.