A 49-year-old lawyer who favors close ties with the European Union has pledged to oust Viktor Orbán as Prime Minister of Hungary when he won the first round of a contest that would win his election in an election the following year. rival will produce.
Left Democratic Coalition candidate Klara Dobrev won the first round of the primary vote ahead of another leftist, Budapest Mayor Gergeli Karakoni, who also campaigned on a pro-European agenda.
In next year’s parliamentary vote, Orban will face a united front of opposition parties, including socialists, liberals and formerly far-right – and now centre-right – Jobick, for the first time since coming to power in 2010.
Opinion polls embraced Orban’s nationalist Fidesz Party and the opposition coalition, raising the prospect of the tightest election in more than a decade.
Orbán and Fidesz held office largely because of an election system that favors the larger parties, however, 46-year-old Karacsony unexpectedly defeated the Fidesz candidate in the 2019 Budapest mayoral election.
Either Dobrev – who, preliminary results show, won 34.8% of the vote in the primary – or Caraxoni – with 27.3% – could win to face Orban for leadership of the country next year.
Dressed in EU blue and yellow, Dobrev told a news conference late Thursday that, after a fair run, she was ready for the second round.
“We will not stop until we defeat Viktor Orban and his regime,” said European Parliament’s vice-president Dobrev.
Karaxony has promised a more just tax system and a fix of political divisions.
Conservative Peter Marki-Ze, the mayor of the southern Hungarian city, was third in the primary with 20.4%, for which opposition voters turned out in higher numbers than expected, with more than 633,000 people casting their votes nationwide.
There will probably be a runoff next month between the three top vote getters.
While Dobrev is now leading, it is unclear who will return in the second round if Marquee-J decides to step down. Dobrev is also a candidate for the party led by her husband, former prime minister Ferenc Giursny, a deeply divisive figure who admitted in a leaked speech in 2006 that she lied about the economy to win the national election.
Orbán has portrayed the opposition, particularly Karaxony and Dobrev, as a puppet of Giurksny.