21st century arrives in Southlands but Fidesz clings to one-party system

Viktor Orbán and Péter Szíjjártó backs the Serbian government party turned from anti-Hungarian community into a pro-Europe organization, while Fidesz-appointed state secretary Árpád János Potápi refuses to accept the reality that the Hungarian one-party system dominated by the Voivodina Hungarian Association (VHA) is no longer sustainable in the Southlands (Voivodina) as the 21st century has arrived in Újvidék (Novi Sad) as well.

Anti-Hungarian forces in government and opposition, too

Evaluating the Serbian elections in his press conference, István Szávay, Jobbik’s vice president responsible for national cohesion policy emphasized that the Serbian Progressive Party, which had achieved an overwhelming victory, used to be openly anti-Hungarian although it does present itself now as a pro-Europe organization. He reminded the public that, astoundingly enough, Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szíjjártó had personally contributed to the triumph of Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic. In an earlier statement, the Hungarian PM specifically said that Serbia had a good leadership. The opposition MP was even more saddened by the fact that the Serbian Radical Party led by Vojislav Šešelj could again get into Parliament. Szávay hopes that ultra-nationalist, anti-Hungarian forces will have as little influence on the Serbian political discourse as possible.

One-party system fails

On the other hand, Jobbik welcomed that the one-party system also ended in the Hungarian political arena of the Southlands as VHA’s power was shaken. To use the Hungarian analogy, there is no central force field any longer. Reflecting on the results achieved by the Hungarian Movement (HM) and the Democratic Community of Hungarians in Voivodina (DCHV), he said they were a clear indication that the Hungarian voters who were dissatisfied with VHA wanted a change. In the politician’s view, the Hungarian Movement has become a force to be reckoned with in the Southlands, so nobody can claim that the Hungarian community of Voivodina is exclusively represented by VHA. In nationwide comparison, this is the VHA’s worst result ever: they lost two of their six MPs. Years ago, a similarly negative outcome had prompted then president József Kasza to resign. In contrast, HM and DCHV gained enough votes at regional level that would have enabled them to get one more Hungarian representative in the Belgrade Parliament, had their national list not been withdrawn under VHA’s pressure. If they had not done so, the Hungarian community would now have one more representative. VHA used to have seven MPs in the parliament of the autonomous Voivodina region. Now István Pásztor’s party will have six representatives while DCHV and HM will have two each. Szávay expressed his view that this result clearly indicated the falsehood of allegations that the appearance of a second Hungarian list weakened Hungarian representation. Jobbik also welcomes the fact that László Rácz Szabó, the president of the Hungarian Civil Association (HCA) continues to be a significant factor in Zenta’s (Senta) political life where his party will have three MPs due to their results of over 10 per cent. It is yet another indication that the Hungarian political life in the Southlands is far from mono-coloured.

Fidesz clings to 20th century

Szávay expressed his astonishment that the Hungarian government pretended as if there was no other local Hungarian political party. In his view, the statements made by Árpád János Potápi, state secretary responsible for the Hungarian communities abroad implied that he excluded anyone from national cooperation and even the Hungarian nation if they refused to vote for the local Hungarian parties favoured by Fidesz. The Research Institute For Hungarian Communities Abroad refused to acknowledge the reality, too. When discussing and evaluating the results of the Serbian elections, they only invited the Fidesz-appointed state secretary and the representative of VHA, which is unworthy of an institute committed to science.

EU accession should come at a price

Szávay also pointed out that Hungary was interested in backing Serbia’s EU integration as long as the preconditions are laid out clearly: Serbia’s further integration cannot be supported unless the local Hungarian community is granted the widest possible rights.


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