The party, headed by Laszlo Kapolyi, who holds an MSZP seat in
parliament, has been attracting hundreds of voters who believe in
the left wing but have been disillusioned by Prime Minister Ferenc
Gyurcsany and his administration, the paper wrote. The 30,000-strong
MSZP membership of past years is now down to 20,000, wrote Magyar
Nemzet, citing its own sources.
The paper reported that one-third of the 150 new Budapest
members were MSZP switchovers, many of them elected local government
officials, and that most of the 240 new members in Baranya County
(S) also came from MSZP. Kapolyi acknowledged that the party’s new
members had exceeded 100 in several counties. Nevertheless, he said,
he planned to ally his party with the Socialists in forthcoming
European Parliament elections (2009) as well as in the next
parliamentary elections (2010), Magyar Nemzet wrote.
The Socialists and Social Democrats signed a cooperation
agreement last December.