In an interview given to daily online Index.hu., Együtt (Together) deputy chairman Levente Pápa has announced his resignation from the party and its party’s foundation. He says the opposition party has abandoned former prime minister Gordon Bajnai’s centrist strategy and refuses to severe its ties with Hungary’s discredited left-wing elite.
According to the disillusioned politician, by maintaining alliances with the likes of former socialist prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsány’s Democratic Coalition (DK) and the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP), Együtt has been burned into the minds of Hungarian voters as a left-wing party.
These parties, Pápa says, have proven they lack the political will to defeat Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
“Együtt is already booked as a left-wing party, and, informally, it has many ties to the left,” he told Index.hu. “This is unacceptable for me because there has been a lot of whispering for quite some time – and it has now become obvious – that MSZP is part of NER [the National Cooperation System]. There are obvious signs that MSZP is interlaced with Fidesz. Perhaps it is no coincidence that Attila Mesterházy sabotaged Gordon Bajnai’s candidacy for prime minister in 2014. And Ferenc Gyurcsány, in his own egotistical way, continues to serve the interests of Fidesz. His party’s 8-10 percent makes it impossible for something new to emerge in the opposition. That said, anyone who supports collaboration is their accomplice. I do not want to be an accomplice to the old left-wing. These people do not want to defeat Orbán, they are perfectly satisfied with their current source of livelihood.”
Pápa says it was hard to get his point through the party about moving back to a centrist platform. These value-based debates among the party’s leadership eventually turned into personal conflicts. Ultimately, these conflicts escalated to the point of no return.
“I always kept these disagreements in-house, I did not want to take them before the public. Party discipline, loyalty and a sense of belonging to a community were always important for me, but we have reached the point at which there is no sense continuing like this. When it is clear that our are differences are so great, it is best if we go our separate ways. I can no longer continue like this in good conscience,” Pápa says.
To read the full English-language translation of the interview click here.