Lázár says Soros should ‘leave’ Hungary


Complaining that initiatives funded by Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros are researching corruption in Hungary, Cabinet Chief János Lázár said yesterday that Soros and those he funds should “leave” the country, according to reports.

János Lázár at yesterdayʼs press conference. (Photo: MTI/Noémi Bruzák)

“It is time for those who get paid every day to prove that the Christian-conservative government is corrupt to leave Hungary,” Lázár said during his weekly press conference, according to index.hu.

Soros, whose main residence is the United States, funds Central European University and the Open Society Institute in Budapest and Open Society Foundations around the world. Soros survived the Holocaust in Hungary as a young man and made a fortune as an investor, and then created his foundations to support openness and democracy in this region and around the world.

Lázár said that a Soros-funded initiative is looking into corruption in connection with the distribution of European Union funds in Hungary. The cabinet chief said that the claims of corruption were not true, and that there are only six cases that were still under investigation.


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