Péter Márki-Zay is the man who wants to dethrone Viktor Orbán. Fight together with the opposition, win together – that’s the plan. But experts consider his candidacy a risk.
Cathrin Kahlweit, Vienna
Péter Márki-Zay, economist and mayor of the small town of Hódmezővásárhely in southern Hungary, is confident of victory. “I have the best chance of beating Viktor Orbán,” the 49-year-old said in an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Parliamentary elections are due in April 2022 and by the end of this week the opposition wants to choose their common candidate – and Márki-Zay is absolutely convinced that he would be the best challenger to the right-wing populist prime minister. “I have seven children, I am Catholic, I was a Christian-conservative even before the fall of the Wall in 1999. Even when Fidesz was still a left-wing liberal party, or even earlier, when Orbán himself was a member of the Communist Youth, I was in church every Sunday,” he says. Fidesz, the apparently overwhelming ruling party, “will have great difficulty finding material against me. I’d be a tough target.”