Hungarian prime minister responds to scandal involving party colleague: “indefensible”

Last weekend, Szájer already resigned as a Member of the European Parliament, then for no apparent reason. Now he is also leaving Fidesz, of which he was one of the founding members.

“The actions of our Deputy József Szájer are incompatible with the value of our political family,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orban, of whom Szájer was an ally for more than 30 years. “We will not reject his work of the past 30 years, but his actions are unacceptable and indefensible,” Orban told Magyar Nemzet newspaper.

The scandal surrounding Szájer’s sexual escapades is very inconvenient for Prime Minister Orban, who is at odds with the European institutions these days. Orban thinks it is not possible for Europe to attach conditions to additional financial support for Hungary in the field of human rights. Orban rejects European criticism of, among other things, his policy regarding LGBT rights (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, ed.).

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