Tímea Szabó

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Tímea Szabó
Szabó Tímea (MSZP.hu).jpg
Member of the National Assembly
Assumed office
14 May 2010
Personal details
Born (1976-01-18) 18 January 1976 (age 43)
Budapest, Hungary
Political partyLMP (2009–2013)
Párbeszéd (2013– )
ChildrenGergő
Professionhumanitarian worker, journalist, politician

Tímea Szabó (born 18 January 1976)[1] is a Hungarian humanitarian worker, journalist and politician. She was a member of the National Assembly (MP) from Politics Can Be Different (LMP) National List since 2010,[2] and since the 2014 elections as a member of Dialogue for Hungary (PM).

She is the co-president of the Dialogue for Hungary since the formation of the party in February 2013.[3]

Biography[edit]

Research career[edit]

Szabó graduated from University of Szeged (communication) in 2001, after that she attended the Harvard Law School.[1] She worked as a journalist for British and American newspapers and news agencies and reported on Hungary for five years. Later she joined a research program in the Harvard Law School where she became research manager. She conducted research on armed conflict-prevention strategies and protection of vulnerable groups, commissioned by the United Nations (UN).[1]

She worked for three months in Pakistan at the civic organization of International Rescue Committee, where she dealt with the issues of Afghan refugees, among others.[4] She returned to Boston a week before the September 11 attacks, where she conducted research in connection with the peaceful settlement of the Afghan conflict after the outbreak of war. After the completion of the American bombings, she moved to Afghanistan and participated in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on behalf of the Harvard University. She was responsible for promote to capacity of the development of a new Afghan government. Few months later she joined CARE International.[1]

Political career[edit]

Tímea Szabó in the Hungarian Parliament in 2010

Szabó moved back to Hungary in 2003 and joined the Hungarian Helsinki Committee in 2004, where she coordinated the refugee program for four years. She was a founding member of the LMP party between 2009 and 2013.[1] She led the common list of the Politics Can Be Different with the Humanist Party (HP) in the 2009 European Parliament election. She was elected to the National Assembly from the party's National List during the 2010 Hungarian parliamentary election. She served as Vice-Chairperson of the Committee on Human Rights, Minority, Civic and Religious Affairs between May 14, 2010 and February 11, 2013. After party split, she became a member of the same committee on February 25, 2013.[2]

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

The Dialogue for Hungary (PM) held its inaugural congress on 17 February 2013. Szabó was elected co-president of the party, alongside Benedek Jávor. The congress also authorized the party's presidency to open the negotiations with Together 2014.[7] On 8 March 2013, the PM entered into an alliance with the Together 2014, which officially formed as a political party. Gordon Bajnai said the two parties will run on a joint ticket and field joint candidates for prime minister and deputies in the country’s next parliamentary election in Spring 2014. Jávor and Szabó, co-chairs of the PM also became members of the Together 2014's board.[8]

On 14 January 2014, left-wing opposition parties agreed to submit a joint list (Unity) for the spring general election. Co-leader of the Dialogue for Hungary (PM) Tímea Szabó was placed to the fifth place on the joint national list of the MSZP, E14-PM, DK and Liberals.[9] She was elected MP in the 2014 national election and did not join any parliamentary groups. She became a member of the Committee on Welfare.[2] She ran as a joint individual candidate of the Dialogue for Hungary and the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) in the 2018 Hungarian parliamentary election. She defeated Fidesz candidate Erzsébet Menczer and became MP for Óbuda-Békásmegyer (Budapest Constituency X). After the forming of the new parliament, her party was able to form a parliamentary group. She was elected leader of the party's caucus.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Her ex-husband is Gábor Hunyadi, a former member of the Jobbik and the party's delegate to the National Election Committee during the 2010 parliamentary election. Hunyadi joined neo-Nazi movement Hungarian Dawn (based on the Greek Golden Dawn) in 2012.[10] Their son is Gergő.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Biography". Országgyűlés. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22.
  2. ^ a b c d "Register". Országgyűlés.
  3. ^ Benedek Jávor and Tímea Szabó elected as co-presidents of Párbeszéd
  4. ^ Viktória Soós (2006-03-02). "Muszlim nők" (in Hungarian). Tűsarok. Retrieved 2009-03-19.
  5. ^ "LMP rejects proposals for new strategy at party congress". 27 January 2013. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-08.
  6. ^ "LMP rebels to establish Dialogue for Hungary as a full-fledged party". 4 February 2013. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-08.
  7. ^ "Jávor Benedek és Szabó Tímea vezetik a Párbeszéd Magyarországért tömörülést". 17 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-17.
  8. ^ "Former PM Bajnai's political movement officially forms political party". 9 March 2013. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 2013-03-09.
  9. ^ "Opposition leaders agree on joint list for general election". 14 January 2014. Archived from the original on 15 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  10. ^ A kampánypénzekre hajt a volt jobbikosok új pártja?. Hír TV, 30 November 2013.
  11. ^ Hideg zuhanyként érte a pártokat az LMP-Jobbik-os románc. Stop.hu, 18 May 2010.
Party political offices
Preceded by
New party
Co-President of Dialogue for Hungary
2013–
Incumbent
National Assembly of Hungary
Preceded by
First
Leader of the PM parliamentary group
2018–
Incumbent