Koka said Fidesz leader Viktor Orban, who is campaigning to roll
back government reforms on health-care and higher education fees,
could face losing his party leadership if the referendum fails to
win enough ‘yes’ votes.
In response to Orban’s state-of-the nation speech last week,
Koka said that Fidesz campaign was lacking substance, supported also
– in his opinion – by the fact that Fidesz’s popular Debrecen Mayor
Lajos Kosa in a Thursday interview suggested the possibility of him
running for prime minister in the 2010 elections.
Looking back at 2007 from the liberal party’s perspective, Koka
said his party had brought major transition in embracing health-care
and higher education reform. SZDSZ, which assumes the health
ministry and earlier held the education ministry, forced the senior
governing Socialists to accept big changes in the financing of these
large public sector organisations, Koka said.
SZDSZ will propose the setup of a tax reform fund, which would
collect savings from public spending cuts and extra tax revenues, to
make sure these are only spent on reducing the budget deficit or tax
cuts, Koka said.