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Hungary prime minister wins vote of confidence

Hungary prime minister wins vote of confidence

Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany, who has come under intense pressure to quit after admitting he lied to voters, won a confidence motion convincingly in parliament on yesterday.
Gyurcsany, who secured the votes of 207 MPs with 165 against, earlier told parliament he would not bow to opposition "blackmail" and vowed to stick to his tough economic program.
He still faces what is expected to be a large protest rally over his refusal to quit since he admitted having lied about the economy to win an election in April.
"I call on parliament not to give in to threats and street blackmail organized by the opposition," he said in a speech before the confidence vote, the first since democracy was restored in Hungary in 1990 after decades of communist rule.
Gyurcsany once again apologized for the tone of his leaked comments, on a profanity-ridden tape, at a meeting with Socialist MPs in May, and for not being brave enough to tell the truth in the election campaign.
But he did not apologize for lying to the voters.
"We must stick to this program ... balance is needed, reforms are needed and development is needed for this country," he told parliament yesterday.
Gyurcsany called the vote to win parliament's backing for his plans to slash the budget deficit.


Updated : 2021-04-20 02:04 GMT+08:00