Gergely Karácsony
Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony – Photo: MTI / Zsolt Szigetváry

Budapest residents expect Karacsony to cooperate with government

Fully 95 percent of Budapest residents want the mayor of Budapest, Gergely Karacsony, to cooperate with the government, according to a Center for Fundamental Rights survey, while 92 percent expect him concentrate on local rather than national issues.

In less than a year’s time, municipal elections will be held in Hungary, and Budapest voters will also decide whether Karacsony, who has held office since 2019, will remain in his post, the think-tank noted in connection with its survey of 1,000 Budapest adult residents published on Tuesday.

The think-tank commented that Karacsony’s term could not be qualified as “a success story”, noting that the mayor had nurtured ambitions to become prime minister in 2022, and had relied on deputy mayors and advisers appointed by Ferenc Gyurcsany to manage the city.

Budapest, it added, had been a battlefield ever since, and used by the opposition as a base of “resistance”.

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