Gergely Karácsony

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Gergely Karácsony
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Mayor of Zugló
District XIV, Budapest
Assumed office
12 October 2014
Preceded by Ferenc Papcsák
Member of the National Assembly
In office
14 May 2010 – 5 May 2014
Personal details
Born (1975-06-11) 11 June 1975 (age 43)
Fehérgyarmat, Hungary
Political party LMP (2009–2013)
PM (2013– )
Children Mihály[1]
Profession political scientist, politician

Gergely Karácsony (born 11 June 1975) is a Hungarian political scientist, politician, member of the National Assembly (MP) from 2010 to 2014. He was elected Mayor of Zugló in 2014. His research areas are electoral systems and electoral behavior.


Karácsony worked for the Medián market and public opinion research company as a research manager. He became Director of Research in 2007. In addition he has been a lecturer at the Corvinus University of Budapest since 2004. He became a member of the newly formed Politics Can Be Different (LMP) party in 2009. During the 2010 parliamentary election he served as campaign manager of the party. He became a Member of Parliament from the Budapest regional list (3rd place). In May 2010 he was elected deputy leader of the LMP parliamentary fraction.[2] As a result he left the Medián firm.

He was the party's candidate at the Budapest District II by-election in November 2011. He came third with 6.45 percent after Zsolt Láng (Fidesz) and Katalin Lévai (Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP)).[3] Both MSZP and LMP agreed that the candidate who received fewer votes would withdraw in favour of the stronger one, however Karácsony also participated in the run-off.[4]

In January 2013, the LMP's congress rejected electoral cooperation with other opposition forces, including Together 2014.[5] As a result members of LMP's "Dialogue for Hungary" platform, including Karácsony, announced their decision to leave the opposition party and form a new organisation. Benedek Jávor, leader of the "Dialogue for Hungary" platform, said the eight MPs leaving LMP would keep their parliamentary mandates. The leaving MPs established Dialogue for Hungary as a full-fledged party.[6]

In June 2014, Karácsony was elected co-chair of Dialogue for Hungary alongside Tímea Szabó, when his predecessor Jávor became a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) in the 2014 European Parliament election.[7] Karácsony won the mayoral election in Zugló during the 2014 local elections as a joint candidate of the Hungarian Socialist Party, Democratic Coalition, and the Together 2014Dialogue for Hungary alliance. According to the new rules, he also became a member of the General Assembly of Budapest.

In April 2017, Karácsony was re-elected co-leader of the Dialogue for Hungary and was also appointed as his party's candidate for the position of prime minister in the 2018 parliamentary election.[8]


  1. ^ "Kvíz: melyik politikusé lehet ez a gyerek?" [Quiz: which politician can this child be?] (in Hungarian). 20 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Schiffer vezeti az LMP képviselőcsoportját" [Schiffer leads the Politics Can Be Different (LMP) political group] (in Hungarian). 10 May 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Fidesz candidate wins Budapest by-election in landslide". 28 November 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Fidesz candidate cruises to victory in closely-watched Budapest by-election". 15 November 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  5. ^ "LMP rejects proposals for new strategy at party congress". 27 January 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  6. ^ "LMP rebels to establish Dialogue for Hungary as a full-fledged party". 4 February 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Karácsony: Új társelnök az Együtt-PM-ben" [Karácsony: New co-chair of the Together-Dialogue for Hungary alliance]. HVG (in Hungarian). Budapest. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Karácsony Gergely a PM miniszterelnök-jelöltje" [Gergely Karácsony the Dialogue for Hungary candidate for prime minister]. hu.24 (in Hungarian). 30 April 2017. Retrieved 5 October 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ferenc Papcsák
Mayor of Zugló
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by
Tímea Szabó
Benedek Jávor
Co-President of Dialogue for Hungary
alongside Tímea Szabó

Succeeded by