Mate Kocsis - Photo: MTI

Kocsis: ‘We must leave behind a stronger, more protected and better country’

Addressing the 30th congress of Hungary's ruling Fidesz in Budapest on Saturday, Mate Kocsis, the party's parliamentary group leader, said Fidesz's aim was to "leave behind a stronger, more protected and better country than the one we inherited".

Kocsis congratulated Fidesz on its victory in the 2022 general election, hailing its defeat of “every chapter of [Democratic Coalition leader Ferenc] Gyurcsany’s party”.

Speaking about the opposition, he said “Ferenc Gyurcsany’s people . have done everything possible against their homeland in Brussels”. He said the opposition had “tried getting into power using the money of billionaires, and to this day we don’t know what they promised in return for the dollars [they were donated]”.

The “members of the dollar left”, he said, “regularly ignore Hungarian interests while following foreign orders in domestic politics”. “They really do dance to the tune of Soros and the Brussels elite,” he added.

“We will protect our country’s sovereignty, we will act against any attempted foreign influence operation, even amending the relevant laws,” Kocsis said.

The protection of Hungary’s sovereignty will be guaranteed by the Fundamental Law, all entities contesting elections will be subject to the same rules, and accepting foreign campaign donations will be punishable by up to three years in prison, he said.

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