Hungarian opposition starts finger-pointing over problematic candidates

Karácsony, the green mayor of Budapest, who himself is supported by the socialists (MSZP), backed out of supporting their candidate Csaba Tóth in the capital’s district XIV over graft allegations. [EPA-EFE/Zoltan Balogh]

Cooperation in the rainbow opposition coalition is being tested during the first round of primaries as PM-candidate Gergely Karácsony’s green party Párbeszéd called on other parties to stop supporting their questionable candidates on Saturday after it did the same in the capital.

Karácsony, the green mayor of Budapest, who is supported by the socialists (MSZP), backed out of supporting their candidate Csaba Tóth in the capital’s district XIV over graft allegations. Tóth is running against liberal Momentum’s Ákos Hadházy, known for his corruption-revealing investigations.

Párbeszéd issued a statement calling on former-far-right-turned-conservative Jobbik and European federalist DK to do the same with their own problematic candidates.

Jobbik’s Péter Barnabás Farkas, deputy mayor of Ózd, was reportedly photographed while swinging his arm in Nazi salute, and the name of social-democrat (DK) MP candidate Judit Földi Ráczné was allegedly linked to an offshore company in Delaware, USA. While Farkas claims that it was not a Nazi arm-waving and he was just waving at his friends, Földi denies any connection with the offshore company.

(Vlagyiszlav Makszimov | EURACTIV.com with Telex)

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