04 Dec, 2019

Hungarian liberals Liberálisok elect new leader

Anett Bősz has been elected the new leader of the Liberálisok party of Hungary at the party's assembly last week.

In her first press conference after her election, Anett Bősz, who since 2018 is a Member of the Hungarian Parliament, said: “A new era has begun in the life of the Hungarian Liberal Party. We’ll start developing the party on a national level, and invite every liberal minded citizen in the country to join. We will be a powerful and stable opposition to Orbán’s government, and we’ll do everything to dismiss them in 2022, the next parliamentary election, in co-operation with other opposition forces, which will require a new model co-operation policy."

She said the goal of the party is to once again be a strong representation of liberal values ​​in Hungary and identified five areas in which the Hungarian Liberal Party will now actively build upon in the coming years: education, economy, health, equality and the environment.

Bősz’s election as leader follows the decision of outgoing leader and the party’s founder Gabor Fodor in August to leave politics and resume his career as a university professor. Writing in thanks and tribute, ALDE Party President Hans van Baalen said: “After serving as the Minister for Education and later as Minister for the Environment, it was under your leadership that the Liberálisok party was founded in 2013 to strengthen and advocate liberal values in Hungary. You successfully represented the party as a Member of the Hungarian Parliament until 2018.”

“Liberálisok has been an active member of the ALDE Party since 2015. That year holds fond memories for me, particularly of our annual party Congress held in Budapest, not only because it was the moment I was first elected as ALDE Party President, but it was the moment when your party joined our liberal family,” he continued.

Standing up and defending liberalism and liberal values in Hungary has not always been easy, but you have shown great perseverance and dedication throughout the years for which I commend you. Through encouraging and developing the next generation of politicians, the party and its youth organisation, I am sure your contribution will be valued and built upon, and I look forward to working with your successors to this end.

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