Klara Dobrev (r) and Ferenc Gyurcsany – Photo: MTI

Dobrev: ‘Let the people decide on the next president’

Opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) MEP Klara Dobrev said on Sunday that DK will start collecting signatures in support of a proposal that voters should directly decide who should be the next president of the republic.

Dobrev said in her Facebook post that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán decided who were the previous three presidents of Hungary, “and we all know how that turned out”.

First he chose a head of state who “plagiarised half of their doctorate thesis”, then he opted for “a signature machine bereft of their own opinion”, and finally he selected someone who granted a presidential pardon to the assistant of a paedophile criminal, the opposition politician said.

Dobrev said that if Orban were to choose again, then an “unworthy party soldier” would become Hungary’s next president. DK, she added, would propose that, like is most other European countries, the people should directly elect the head of state.

DK will soon start collecting signatures at street booths and online in support of their proposal, she said.

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