The prime ministerial candidate for the political opposition, Péter Márki-Zay, appeared on state-run television channel M1 five minutes before 8:00am on Wednesday morning for his first, and thus far, only appearance on public television.
Márki-Zay was theoretically supposed to be interviewed during the five minutes he was given, but Judit Titanilla Tari mostly just looked at her tablet computer as the opposition leader gave his monologue.
Thank you very much for the opportunity of having the opposition speak for five minutes once in the past four years.
-he began, adding that he represents 2.5-3 million people, and that he is more Christian and conservative than Viktor Orbán.
Márki-Zay also praised Orbán, emphasizing that he voted for the Fidesz leader in 2010 because he had promised accountability and cutting off the hands of those who reach into the common till.
After that, Márki-Zay boasted of his achievements as mayor in Hódmezővásárhely over the past four years, then said it was actually Viktor Orbán who was sending weapons to Ukraine, while he did not intend to:
This is the man who, in 12 years of waging war, has lost all of them: the lives of 44,000 Hungarians also regretted that he wasn’t able to deal with the Covid epidemic either.
-Márki-Zay said of Orbán, adding that he would end compulsory vaccination, make minimum wage-earners exempt from personal taxes, and maintain the 13th monthly pension benefit, as well as raise it according to Swiss indexing.
The Hódmezővásárhely mayor took advantage of the time he was allotted, mentioning topics as diverse as improving health care, police salaries, adopting the euro, and sustainable utility price cuts.
For me, the most important thing is where I want to raise my seven children to be Hungarian, so that young people should not have to go abroad to earn a living.
-said Péter Márki-Zay, adding that it was not young people who should go to Europe, but Europe that should come here. The presenter then thanked him at the end of the speech.
Péter Márki-Zay’s appearance on M1 can be seen here (in Hungarian):