The civil movements that have organised recent anti-government protests and the opposition parties should aim for early elections in 2016, not 2018, Democratic Coalition leader Ferenc Gyurcsány said on Saturday. Gyurcsány told a party conference in Budapest the opponents should do everything in their power to prevent the government completing its term. He rejected the use of violence and suggestions of a popular uprising. Overthrowing the system and the government was only the means because the final goal was to create a new republic. Hungary needed a new constitution and a new republic but it was probably not possible to return to the solutions of 1989-90. Gyurcsány said the possibility of direct democratic participation should be strengthened, and the freedom of the prosecutor’s office, the courts and the media restored. The governing Fidesz responded that Gyurcsány is lying again because, having first pretended he had nothing to do with the protests, he has now admitted “it is actually the left-wing that stands behind the movements”.