Hungarian joke party changes election tack

Despite earlier promises to not threaten an opposition victory by running in electoral districts where the race is expected to be tight, the Hungarian Two-tailed Dog Party (MKKP) put forward a candidate in such a constituency, EURACTIV’s partner Telex reported.

MKKP is not part of the six-party opposition coalition that hopes to beat Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz in the 3 April general elections.

Zsuzsanna Döme, deputy mayor of the capital’s Ferencváros district and one of the founders and co-chairwoman of the MKKP is running as a candidate in electoral district 6, the politician told Józsefváros Újság.

Earlier, MKKP president Gergely Kovács said that they would only run individual candidates where the election outcome is clear so as not to let swing districts interfere with the opposition’s victory and possibly change the government.

Zsuzsanna Döme told Józsefváros Újság that a recent MKKP membership decision overruled this decision.

Instead, the party will now collect signatures, and if the 71 individual candidates have the necessary 500-500 recommendations, they might consider tactical “no runs”.

Political scientist Gábor Török recently pointed out that there will be constituencies where the outcome will come down to a few tens or hundreds of votes.

(Vlagyiszlav Makszimov | with Telex)


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