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Hungarian Socialist party leader resigns

Hungarian Socialist party (MSzP) Chairman Attila Mesterházy announced his resignation on Thursday (May 29) after the party suffered successive crushing defeats in national and European Parliament elections.

“MSzP has suffered significant defeat on the national and European parliamentary elections and I am taking the responsibility for these failures,” Mesterházy said. After announcing his resignation he left the conference room without taking questions.

The announcement apparently came as a surprise to the party, as the former leader had not informed anyone of his intentions beforehand.

MSzP finished third in Sunday’s European elections behind Fidesz and the far-right Jobbik, tied with former Socialist PM Ferenc Gyurcsány’s Democratic Coalition. Mesterházy has been the leader of the party since 2010.