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Marki-Zay calls on Christians not to vote for Fidesz

One cannot be a Christian and vote for ruling Fidesz and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán who heads the most corrupt government in Hungary's thousand-year history, the prime ministerial candidate of the united opposition said late on Sunday.

Peter Marki-Zay told a regional campaign closing event in Siofok in western Hungary that Orbán had violated the most important imperative of Christians, not to kill, “because he is responsible for the death of 45,000 Coronavirus victims.” During the epidemic, the government introduced free parking instead of free testing and acquired insufficient vaccines because “even at a time like that, it was most interested in how to steal”.

If the united opposition wins, the love for power will be replaced by the power of love, and every person can freely display their identity, Marki-Zay said.

He also said that everyone would be called to account for wrongdoings, regardless of whether they are on the side of the government or the opposition.

He accused those currently in power of election fraud and thanked opposition activists and poll watchers for their work, saying that “they stand on the right side of history”.

If the united opposition wins, Fidesz’s child protection law will be withdrawn and replaced by legal regulations to protect children also “from Fidesz peadophiles”, he said.

Jobbik leader Peter Jakab said it was shameful that the government had threatened teachers planning a strike and added that contrary to the cabinet’s claims, the real problems in Hungary were not sex-change operations for kindergarten pupils but the weak forint and expensive fuel and food.

DK MEP Klara Dobrev said Orbán was an autocratic dictator but the opposition had established democratic unity against him. The members of the united opposition have learnt how to sit at the same table, reach compromise and fight for common decisions, she added.

Socialist co-leader Agnes Kunhalmi said it was a “Fidesz lie” that the opposition was on the side of war, as the opposition had also voted in support of a resolution submitted by Fidesz which stated that Hungary would not send soldiers and weapons to Ukraine.

Parbeszed co-leader and Budapest Mayor Gergely Karacsony asked for voters in and around Siofok to vote for opposition candidate Anita Korosi to save Lake Balaton.

LMP co-leader Mate Kanasz-Nagy said the opposition was ready to implement its social programme which involved helping everyone in trouble. Local governments’ rights and resources that enable them to help those in need must be restored, he added.

Momentum board member Anna Orosz said what was at stake at the election was whether Hungary could become a European country that with high-quality education, health care, jobs and protected green surfaces.

Independent lawmaker Akos Hadhazy said the only way to reduce corruption was to change the government. He promised increased controls partly as a result of Hungary joining the European prosecutor’s office.

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