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Andrea Peto on Female Voters

It is the final hour for opposition parties in Hungary to realize that female voters cannot be addressed with obsolete messages or silence, our Research Affiliate Andrea Peto said in an interview with Spirit FM, a Hungarian radio.

She thinks that the “illiberal political offer is successful,” because this kind politics, which is based on exclusion, is attractive to many people. Illiberal political parties need “presentable” female politicians in visible positions, which doesn’t mean that they are puppets, but this is the system’s structure, she added.

Barack Obama and Emmanuel Macron could win by addressing female voters with targeted messages, she continued. However, she doesn’t see opposition parties having the necessary intellectual capacity, nor the political ability. Using the political language from the 90s, which see experiences in Hungary, won’t help, she said.

She also thinks that Fidesz, the governing party is also preparing for an eventual loss: they have already established positions for their most important members, through which not only will they survive, but they will also be able to maintain the infrastructure, she continued, adding that the privatization and model change of Hungarian higher education has created a lot of positions, which could act as a paying point in case Fidesz loses the upcoming elections.

You can listen to the full interview (in Hungarian) here.

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