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Orban supports Weber's candidacy

Hungary's PM prefers the candidate who doesn't belong to the EPP's liberal wing

Cabinet Minister Antal Rogan told MTI on Thursday that the prime minister supports Manfred Weber’s candidacy to become the EPP’s Spitzenkandidat, Kormany.hu reports.

On Thursday Antal Rogan, the Minister heading the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister, told Hungarian news agency MTI that Fidesz and Prime Minister Orban support the nomination of Manfred Weber, and not Alexander Stubb, as the so-called “Spitzenkandidat” from the European People’s Party (EPP).

Rogan noted that on Wednesday the Presidency of the EPP spoke to both candidates: former Finnish prime minister Alexander Stubb, who belongs to the EPP’s liberal wing; and Manfred Weber, Vice-President of the Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) and the EPP’s current parliamentary group leader in the European Parliament, who belongs to the EPP’s Christian democratic wing.

The minister said that, on the basis of what was said at the session, if Orban needs to choose between the two candidates, he will definitely support the Bavarian politician from the EPP’s Christian democratic wing, rather than Stubb, who belongs to the EPP’s liberal wing. He added that Fidesz will act accordingly at the EPP Congress in Helsinki in November, where the identity of the centre-right party family’s lead candidate will be decided.

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