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Hungary's opposition will take part Friday in parliament's vote on prime minister

Hungary's opposition will take part Friday in parliament's vote on prime minister

Hungary's main center-right opposition group said it would heed a call from President Laszlo Solyom and participate in the vote of confidence to be held Friday on Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany.
Opposition leader Viktor Orban had called the vote requested by Gyurcsany a "deceitful and worthless trick" and said his party, Fidesz-Hungarian Civic Union, would boycott it.
But party officials said Solyom's statement on Wednesday asking the opposition to take part in the parliamentary proceedings had made them change their mind.
"We think the president's opinion is very important in Hungarian politics ... so Fidesz revised its decision ... and has decided to follow the president's guidance and participate in Friday's parliamentary session and decision," Fidesz parliamentary faction leader Tibor Navracsics told reporters.
Lawmakers from both parties in the ruling coalition _ Gyurcsany's Socialists and the much smaller Alliance of Free Democrats _ have pledged unanimous support for the prime minister and his program of reforms at Friday's extraordinary session in parliament.
Gyurcsany's Socialist-led coalition suffered heavy setbacks in Sunday's nationwide municipal elections and Gyurcsany asked for the vote of confidence as a show of political support for the austerity package and reforms he has announced to cut the state budget deficit, the largest in the European Union.