New MSZP leader wants to get back to basics

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József Tóbiás, the new leader of the opposition Hungarian Socialist Party, has promised to strengthen the party, saying that a strong left wing is needed to make Hungary strong, nol.hu reported.

Tóbiás was elected chairman with support from 92% of participants at an extraordinary party congress to appoint new party officials. He said the Socialists would work hard even in opposition to make Hungary a better place and he argued for the need for freedom, solidarity and the fight against poverty.

Tóbiás said “weathercock politics” were destructive and he promised to lead the party “without sudden turns” and without “a parade of ideas”.  Its most immediate political goal would be to reinstall legal and social security, he said, adding: “We want to build a country where all people have equal dignity and equal rights.”

The Socialists would offer a “new social contract” to be formulated with the Hungarian people that would be guided by the ideal of equality and the principles of freedom, patriotism and solidarity, he said.

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