We lied to win, says Hungarian PM
The Hungarian Prime Minister, Ferenc Gyurcsany, has admitted to lying to the public in a just released tape. The recording has caused a storm in Hungary, with opponents calling for his immediate resignation.
This report from Nick Thorpe:
In a speech littered with swear words, the Hungarian prime minister confronted Socialist members of parliament with what he described as the "real state of the country", and his own coalition government's attempts to mislead the public over the previous four years. "We lied in the morning, we lied in the evening and we lied at night", Mr Gyurcsany told his parliamentary deputies in a speech in the resort town of Balatonoszod on the 26th of May. He also added that his previous term in office had achieved nothing.
It's not known exactly who recorded the speech, nor why it was made public now. Hungary is in the midst of a campaign for local elections in two weeks' time and the Socialist Liberal government has been trying to defend a tough austerity package. It's also hard to guess what impact the publication of his words will have. He has admitted that he made the remarks, but said he was trying to turn over a new honest page in Hungarian public life.
Political allies have leapt to his defence, saying he was referring to the whole Hungarian political elite, not just himself and his party. But opposition leaders say he's morally bankrupt and must now step down. Demonstrators calling for his resignation gathered in front of parliament and outside his private residence.
Nick Thorpe, BBC News, Budapest
to mislead the public
engañar al publico
in the midst
en el medio de
a tough austerity package
un paquete de medidas de austeridad
to turn over a new honest page
hacer borrón y cuenta nueva, comenzar un capítulo más "honesto"
en bancarrota moral