Hungary’s governing Socialist party and its former Liberal allies have agreed to back a new government led by a non-political figure , allowing the prime minister to resign and avoiding fresh elections.
Ferenc Gyurcsany failed earlier on Monday to get parliamentary support for the idea, which would have allowed his Socialists to remain in power without him. He warned failure to accept the deal would have meant political paralysis would continue. The main opposition party said it prefered elections for a new parliament, but the government has criticised it for calling for a change at the top without being able to propose any new policies. “Ferenc Gyurcsany cut the Gordian knot that had frozen this deadlock, when the government couldn’t get a majority and the opposition was unable to dissolve parliament. He eliminated the obstacle to forming a new majority, namely himself, when he made a gesture to the Liberals and Democratic Forum so that a new coalition and majority could be formed,” says one analyst. The last 48 hours have seen Hungarian politics turned upside down, almost as disrupted as the economy. The government may fear a return to mass protests of the sort that rocked the country three years ago.