Hungarian Liberal party spurn government reform proposals

Other News Materials 31 August 2008 16:37 (UTC +04:00)

The Hungarian Liberal Party (SZDSZ) has thwarted efforts of the country's prime minister to reconstitute the governing coalition by rejecting government reform proposals, local media reported on Sunday, the dpa reported.

The SZDSZ, which left the ruling coalition dominated by the Socialist Party (MSZP) in April, rejected Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany's admendments to the draft budget bill and tax reform measures.

SZDSZ Chairman Gabor Fodor said on Saturday that the socialist Prime Minister's proposals were "not a programme for the survival of the country, but a programme for the survival of Ferenc Gyurcsany."

The future of Gyurcsany's government, which has been without an overall majority since the withdrawal of the Liberals, depends on the passage of both items of legislation.

The prime minister has repeatedly said that he would offer his resignation if the measures did not pass.