Tens of thousands have against gathered in Budapest to call for the resignation of Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany – the biggest demonstration in a week of protests. The opposition is calling for Gyurcsany to go after he admitted lying to voters over to tax policy in order to win April’s general election.
The socialist leader has claimed that a frank admission of deceipt was what the country needed if it was to confront growing budget deficit difficulties. The Saturday night protests were peaceful – with roughly half of those present wore the white colors of the mainstream Fidesz opposition party. Next weekend sees local government elections which will provide the first reliable benchmark of the impact the scandal has had.