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Orbán congratulates incoming President

Opposition: Biden presidency ‘end to populism’

The opposition Socialist and Democratic Coalition (DK) parties see the presidency of Joe Biden, starting on Wednesday, as one putting an end to populist policy making in the United States.

DK greeted Biden in a statement on the occasion of his inauguration, scheduled for later on Wednesday, and said that his presidency “marks a victory of temperance, gravity, readiness for dialogue and compromise, democratic institutions and respect for tradition over nationalist populism and violent government” in the US.

The statement also voiced DK’s hope that under the new US administration confidence between the US and the European Union would be restored.

Socialist co-leader Agnes Kunhalmi said in a statement sent to MTI that Biden’s taking over at the helm gave rise to hopes that “democracy is again able to defy authoritarian, populist political trends open to the far right”. She warned, however, that the incoming leaders would have “no easy job” because “though (Donald) Trump has failed, trumpism is still there”.

Orbán congratulates Biden on inauguration

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has congratulated Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th president of the United States, the PM’s press chief said on Wednesday. In his congratulatory letter, Orbán said the last four years had demonstrated the potential of the friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation between Hungary and the US, Bertalan Havasi said. The prime minister said this period had opened up new perspectives in bilateral relations in the areas of security, energy policy and the economy.

Orbán assured Biden of Hungary’s continued commitment to strengthening bilateral ties on the basis of mutual respect and goodwill. Hungary also seeks to build on its alliance with the US within NATO, its commitment to the fight against terrorism and the two countries’ joint efforts to secure alternative energy sources for central Europe.

The prime minister wished Biden success and good health for his term in office.

Jobbik MEP hails Biden’s inauguration, highlights ‘common values’

Marton Gyongyosi, the MEP representing conservative opposition Jobbik, has issued a statement welcoming the inauguration of Joe Biden.

In the statement on Wednesday, Gyongyosi highlighted “common values” as eclipsing the ideological differences between the incoming US president and Jobbik.

“We trust that the new president will be able to give the United States new momentum by surmounting the battles of the past several months and years. We believe that, beyond the differences in our ideological views, there are values such as democratic institutions, the rule of law and fair politics that bind us,” he said.

“We believe that in these difficult times the United States and the world, too, need stability. We are convinced that stability is key to restoring relations between Europe and the US, and Jobbik is striving to help acheive this goal,” Gyongyosi said.


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