Former government coalition partner SzDSz proposed Lajos Bokros, who authored an austerity program in the mid-90s as finance minister, as their candidate for prime minister, SzDSz head Gábor Fodor said after a meeting on Friday with governing MSzP.
Three candidates were acceptable to SzDSz: György Surányi, László Békesi and Lajos Bokros. As the first two did not accept their nominations, SZDSZ now proposes Lajos Bokros, Mr Fodor said.
Gergely Bárándy, a member of the MSZP board, told reporters later in the day that MSZP acknowledged but did not understand SzDSz’s decision to propose Bokros. MSZP will make a proposal in the coming days, he said without revealing any further details.
Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány announced last Saturday that he would resign to clear the way for a government that enjoyed broader political support. But the search for a new prime minister has proved unsuccessful. (MTI-Econews)