Josef hírek

2011.12.11. 21:17

Opposition divided over Fellegi s resignation

Budapest, December 8 (MTI) - The opposition parties assessed the resignation of National Development Minister Tamas Fellegi on Wednesday in different ways.

Budapest, December 8 (MTI) - The opposition parties assessed the resignation of National Development Minister Tamas Fellegi on Wednesday in different ways.

Attila Mesterhazy, head of the opposition Socialist Party, told a news conference that once Fellegi resigns he must not lead Hungary s upcoming negotiations with the International Monetary Fund, on Thursday.

 

Mesterhazy urged Prime Minister Viktor Orban to delegate the task to another government member, and suggested State Secretary Mihaly Varga.

 

In Mesterhazy s opinion, Fellegi could have resigned because "he does not wish to identify with the amateurish and idiotic economic policy" of Orban and Economy Minister Gyorgy Matolcsy.

 

The radical nationalist Jobbik said the resignation of one of the most influential ministers in the Orban cabinet gives reason to assume that the delegation he is to head at the IMF talks will be faced with tough conditions that can only be met by once again "exacting tribute" on Hungarian taxpayers.

 

Families, however, will be unable to tolerate further austerity measures, said deputy group leader Janos Volner.

 

According to the green opposition LMP, Hungary s economic crisis has now grown to involve a government crisis as well.

 

Senior LMP lawmaker Gabor Scheiring said that Fellegi has to leave "because of his own as well as of Matolcsy s incompetence", said Gabor Scheiring.

 

Scheiring called on the prime minister to dismiss Matolcsy with no delay, "or else the whole government will have to go sooner or later".

 

The recently formed Democratic Coalition party said that Fellegi had resigned because Orban had not authorised him to announce a change in economic policy at the upcoming talks with the IMF. DK deputy head Csaba Molnar said that in order to get the right footing at the talks, the government must put an end to its unorthodox economic policy, restore market confidence and develop good personal relations with EU leaders.

 

Earlier in the day, Fellegi told a news conference that he was ready to enter high-level negotiations with the IMF and the European Union next week.

 

He said that he had asked Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Wednesday to initiate his resignation with the president.

 

Government spokesman Andras Giro-Szasz said the prime minister would discuss the matter with Fellegi, and, if he accepts the resignation, decide on who to appoint as his successor.

 

Speaking in Marseilles on the sidelines of a European People s Party congress which Orban is attending, Peter Szijjarto, the prime minister s spokesman, confirmed that Fellegi had raised the issue of quitting his ministry post with Orban. He said the prime minister "understands the minister s reasons".

 

Orban is expected to return to Budapest on Friday evening and meet Fellegi over the weekend.

 

"He will make a decision as soon as possible," Szijjarto said.

 

Fellegi said the government delegation in IMF talks will include Antal Rogan, a ruling Fidesz lawmaker who heads parliament s economic committee, Gyula Pleschinger, state secretary for finance, and deputy governor of the National Bank of Hungary, Ferenc Karvalits. The government will give a mandate for negotiations and the team will consult closely with the economy ministry, he said.

 

Fellegi met Iryna Ivaschenko, the IMF s representative in Budapest, on Wednesday for informal talks on a possible timetable.

 

He said a meeting was scheduled for next week with Christoph Rosenberg and Barbara Kaufmann, head negotiators for the IMF and the EU, respectively. Fellegi said he would travel to London next week to meet representatives of rating agencies, investors and finance experts of the British government, adding that Hungary s official talks with the IMF and the EU would start in January.

 

"In this changing international climate Hungary needs a safety net, which can only be gained through a deal with the IMF and the EU," Fellegi said. Failing this, Hungary s ability to finance itself from the markets could be compromised, he said.

 

In his role as chief negotiator, Fellegi said he is expected to frame a negotiating position to be submitted to the government, to be supported by background work and related government measures, as well as regular communication on Hungary s position with EU and IMF institutions and rating agencies.

 

Hungary s government said in mid-November that it was seeking a "safety net" with the IMF. It said it aimed to strike a deal which gives Hungary sufficient policy flexibility to kick-start growth. Analysts have said it is likely that the IMF will offer Hungary a Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) which has strings attached.

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