Although it has been expected for a few weeks now, a joint candidate list for the April 3 parliamentary elections has still not been finalized by the united political opposition.
According to ATV.hu, the main points of contention amongst the six-party coalition are a single mandate and the parliamentary status of Péter Márki-Zay.
Opposition parties got together again on Tuesday to try to come to an agreement, but two of them, MSZP and Dialogue, were not present at the talks. ATV‘s sources said that another meeting would be necessary, as the parties failed to agree on how many seats these two parties should get on the final joint list.
The news site reports that two contentious issues remain:
- the number of top spots on the list reserved for candidates from MSZP, Dialogue, and Momentum relative to one other;
- Dialogue doesn’t want their Prime Minister-designate, Péter Márki-Zay, to be counted in their quota, but four other parties, DK, Jobbik, Momentum, and LMP do want him to be counted.
MSZP told ATV that it skipped the talks in part because of a ski trip taken by Dialogue Co-Chair Gergely Karácsony, and also because they didn’t feel another meeting was warranted since the situation had not changed much since the last unsuccessful meeting on Sunday.