Hungary’s beleagued Prime Minister, Ferenc Gyurcsany, has said sorry for the first time for lying over the country’s economic performance in order to win April’s general election. Gyurcsany has been under pressure to resign since revealing he misled the country but the ruling Socialists have closed ranks behind him despite continuing protests.
His admission came after Hungarian radio played a tape of a meeting he had with his Socialist MPs a few weeks after the election. On it he says his “boneheaded” government failed to introduce any real policies. Last Sunday, around 20-thousand people gathered outside parliament calling on him to step down.
However, Gyurcsany has vowed to stay in power to carry out austerity measures. He has also defended his comments by saying he was moved to stop the deluge of lies which has covered the country for many years. His apology comes days after riots broke out in the wake of the broadcast of the tape.