- 21 Apr 2018 7:54 AM
In Heti Világgazdaság, Balázs Majtényi, Anna Unger and Dezső Tamás Ziegler claim that the April election was not free, fair or democratic. The liberal intellectuals contend that the media was dominated by the governing party and that the electoral rules introduced in 2011 give a clear advantage to Fidesz.
The authors speculate that even if the election was rigged, voters will never learn the truth, as there are no independent institutions that would report fraud.
In light of all this, the authors think that the April 8 Parliamentary election was unfair, and label the Hungarian political system an ‘electoral autocracy’ marked by hollowed out and only formally existing democratic institutions which are used as a cover-up for arbitrary rule.
On Index, liberal free-speech activist Péter Molnár thinks that it would be an exaggeration to call the Hungarian political system a dictatorship. The liberal activist agrees that since 2010, Hungary has become a more centralized and less free country, but nonetheless, the opposition can exercise freedom of speech and openly criticize the government.
By claiming that the Left has no chance to defeat Fidesz, due to its allegedly dictatorial rule, left-wing politicians and intellectuals miss the opportunity to revise their strategy and come up with a vision that is more appealing to voters, Molnár suggests.
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