The political parties on the left are lucky that they had no major events planned for the 23 October commemoration of the 1956 revolution, for they would have been upstaged by the pre-announced announcement of former Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai’s return to political life. Bajnai picked Milla’s mass gathering as the venue for his announcement, which was a suave decision. While the issue of who will lead the left was bound to come up sooner or later, Bajnai’s decision is already causing tense internal debates on the left. After allowing Milla to predominate on the previous 23 October, Fidesz is now countering the left-wing mass demonstration with a gathering of its own, though it is using a proxy group, the "Peace March", to represent the governing party.
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