Hungary’s Opposition Before Elections: Chronicle of an Organized Defeat

2014. április 6. 22:17
Georges Karolyi
CNN
The opposition has turned to denigrating the electoral system, calling into question the fairness of the rules.

„The campaign of the opposition coalition has been a disaster. The alliance of five different parties has proved incapable of forging a shared and coherent election program. The leaders struggle for internal influence, more preoccupied with neutralizing one another than waging a campaign. Repeated scandals blow up in their faces (a vice president of the Socialist Party was caught red-handed with several undeclared bank accounts in Austria and Switzerland holding huge amounts of money). The opposition seems to have lost all hope in winning, and so it has changed its tune. To emerge from the contest with minimal damage, it has resorted to the classic weapon of those facing certain defeat: the opposition has turned to denigrating the electoral system, calling into question the fairness of the rules. 


During a recent visit to the United States, Mr. Mesterházy stated publicly that he would prefer that the OSCE not send election observers to Hungary because they could possibly legitimize the elections. Later, at another gathering, he told his supporters that when asked by polling agencies about their voting preference to say »Fidesz« and then cast their vote for the opposition alliance. The behavior of other leaders of the coalition, particularly that of former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány whose appearances are more like electoral suicide than a proactive campaign, clearly show that they are already thinking about the post-election period. Some seem to be wishing for a large defeat to better position themselves for the re-construction of the left. That’s a curious attitude for a team that pretends to represent, here and now, the alternative force to the current majority.” 
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