Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) politicians recently took to the airwaves to announce that they had managed to reach an agreement with Ferenc Gyurcsány’s Democratic Coalition (DK) for the coordinated fielding of candidates in the 2018 election. However, DK claims no such agreement exists.
MSZP is having difficulty renewing itself after a humiliating defeat in the 2014 national election, and is struggling to salvage what it can of its credibility in light of allegations that a certain faction within Hungary’s second-largest opposition party is actively doing Fidesz’s bidding. Sabotaging its own candidate for prime minister merely served to reinforce an image of incompetence and division.
MSZP chairman Gyula Molnár recently told Klubrádió that his party and DK had agreed to fielding candidates in a 60-40 ratio in favor of the Socialists. Former party chairman László Kovács told state-run radio on Tuesday that the candidates would be fielded with a 62-44 ratio.
However, a member of the Democratic Coalition’s presidium tells the Budapest Beacon that such statements are hogwash.
On Tuesday, DK released a statement calling such claims “completely baseless.”
“A multitude of contradictory news stories and remarks have hit the airwaves,” the statement reads. “There has been no agreement by the democratic opposition parties regarding the coordinated fielding of candidates for individual electoral districts, and there has been no such agreement between MSZP and DK. We find it necessary to emphasize that any statement which claims that a partial or comprehensive agreement has been reached is completely baseless.”
DK is led by former Socialist Prime Minister Gyurcsány, who quit MSZP in 2011 to establish DK.