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Should a homophobic and antisemitic politician defeat Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán?

The new ray of hope for the opponents of hard-liner right-wing Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is Péter Márki-Zay, the mayor of the Southern Hungarian town of Hódmezővásárhely and a Catholic father of seven – writes MIMC Organization founding member and historian László Bernát Veszprémy on the Times of Israel blog section.

Márki-Zay became known nationwide when in 2018 he became mayor of his hometown, which was previously considered a stronghold of the ruling Fidesz party.

Since the Hungarian opposition has formed an alliance to run together against Orbán, Márki-Zay, who won the opposition primaries in October 2021 with 56% of the votes, will likely be the only enemy of Orbán during the April 2022 elections. An unlikely candidate, as he is known for his strongly conservative views – but perhaps the Hungarian left things that you need fire in order to fight fire.