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May 22, 2018

László Kövér says opposition parties lost the election because they were not combative enough, therefore they will try to draw voters’ attention by “making more noise”

The speaker said it is clear that the opposition parties have learnt nothing from their own failure and have not gained any new knowledge about respect for democracy either

Speaker of Parliament László Kövér said the opposition parties believe they lost the election because they were not combative enough, therefore they will try to draw voters’ attention by “making more noise”.

Kövér told public Kossuth Radio that he does not know whether the opposition MPs who boycotted the prime minister’s oath-taking were protesting against democracy or the decision of the voters.

The speaker said it is clear that the opposition parties have learnt nothing from their own failure and have not gained any new knowledge about respect for democracy either. With this gesture, he said, they offended Hungarian voters rather than the governing parties.

Kövér revealed that his first official guest during the new parliamentary cycle would be Wolfgang Sobotka, the president of the Austrian National Council, the first chamber of the country’s Parliament.

“Until next year’s European parliamentary elections, political battles in Europe could become noisier and (the Hungarian government) must prepare for stronger attacks,” Kövér said.

He added that this ‘battle’ will occur because many left-wing liberal politicians can sense their downfall. At the same time, he expressed hope that different political forces could take power in Brussels and European politics could return to normalcy.