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Press sympathy for Gyurcsany
Tens of thousands of protestors demonstrate in front of the Parliament building during an anti-government demonstration 23 September, in Budapest, Hungary
Protests continue unabated

Hungary's embattled Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany receives a sympathetic hearing in some of the country's newspapers.

The Sunday Vasarnapi Hirek praises Mr Gyurcsany for telling the truth about the country's economic situation rather than sweeping it under the carpet.

"He decided to tell the truth, which of course hurts, rather than continuing to lie, which does not.

The government is legitimate and will remain so
Comment in Vasarnap Reggel

"It would be a moral crisis if he had told the truth hitherto and were now to start lying," the paper concludes.

Comment in another Sunday paper, Vasarnap Reggel, says "the government is legitimate and will remain so, as will the prime minister".

However, it says that Mr Gyurcsany is under attack from forces within his own socialist party as well as the opposition over his proposed austerity package, and with local elections looming, "he can't expect much good".

'Lying'

A commentator in the pro-socialist Nepszabadsag saves its ire for Viktor Orban, the former prime minister and current leader of the main opposition party, Fidesz.

It accuses him of playing a double game, of seeking to be at the forefront of system change while fretting that democracy in Hungary is in danger.

Some people must have had a huge fright at the overwhelming force of the genie let out of the bottle
Magyar Nemzet

"He is aiming his words disguised as criticism of the system at one person: Ferenc."

In contrast, a leading article in the pro-Fidesz Magyar Nemzet praises the protesters for personifying "honour, solidarity, democracy, freedom of speech, and uncensored opinions.

"Some people must have had a huge fright at the overwhelming force of the genie let out of the bottle," it concludes.

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