In order to understand the telephone conversation below I am providing you with a cast of characters.
Ibolya Dávid, chairman of Magyar Demokrata Fórum (MDF). Before the 1998 elections, Dávid made a deal with Fidesz that assured her party seventeen seats in parliament regardless of her party's performance. In addition, Dávid herself became minister of justice in the first Orbán government.
Sándor Csányi, president of OTP, the largest bank in Hungary. He has been a close friend of Viktor Orbán for years. His connection to UD Zrt. run by former national security guys is not clear. Allegedly, his relationship to the owners of UD Zrt. was merely that OTP was UD Zrt's biggest client. However, judging from this conversation the connection might be closer than that.
János Tóth, CEO of UD Zrt. and a former employee of the National Security Office.
József Horváth (identified in the conversation as Józsi), president of UD Zrt. Also a former employee of the National Security Office.
András Tombor, Viktor Orbán's chief adviser on foreign affairs.
István Stumpf, minister in the first Orbán government in charge of the Prime Minister's Office. After 2002 he headed the Századvég Institute, a Fidesz foundation. Stumpf today is one of the newer members of the Constitutional Court appointed by Viktor Orbán and approved by a two-thirds majority.
Kornél Almássy, a young Turk in MDF after 2003. Since November 2010 he has been employed by the City of Budapest as a director of one of the municipal companies.
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On September 12 Ibolya Dávid revealed at a press conference that she had received a DVD of a telephone conversation between Sándor Csányi and János Tóth which showed that people close to Viktor Orbán were planning her removal from the chairmanship of MDF. They were supporting and financing the young Kornél Almássy to replace her in that position. And as the telephone conversation proved, Dávid said, they were ready to find "dirt" on her in order to achieve that end.
Below I will simply publish the English version of the conversation. You can all decide what in your opinion was going on.
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Sándor Csányi: Hello
János Tóth: Hello Mr. President. It's János Tóth.
Cs: Hi, what's new?
T: May I disturb you for a second?
Cs: Yes, I forgot to call you back …
T: No problem. Józsi met Andris Tombor, and I got a job from him which is quite interesting, but I would like to share the story with you. Tombor would like us to work on MDF, on Ibolya Dávid. If we could find incriminating evidence against her because there is some preparation going on to change power positions within the party. Tombor says that Stumpf and his friends are behind it. They are the ones who supply the money for the change. They want to get the top position in MDF. One of the deputy chairmen is in on it. Antal or not Antal but …
T: Yes, yes, that's it. He will meet Józsi next week because he is the one who will be able to supply his informational needs. What he wants from us.
Cs: Hmm! Hmm!
T: I would like to know your opinion about this. I would like to remain out of this and I will also try to talk Józsi out of it unless you ask us to do it for one reason or other.
Cs: Well, listen, Tuesday, I will think about it and talk about it Tuesday afternoon. OK?
T: Fine, fine.
Cs: They should meet in any case.
T: OK, of course he will go. I will also suggest that to him. But how afterward? Back out of it or play the stupid? Or if we do something, but for that I would have to know your opinion.
Cs: OK, OK, we will talk about it, János. Thanks, see you.
T: Bye, Mr. President, enjoy your weekend.
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Great was Ibolya Dávid's surprise that no one was interested in this telephone conversation. Instead of being the accuser of certain dark forces trying to remove her from her position, she ended up being the defendant in a civil case for defamation of character of András Tombor.
Csányi in a court confrontation with Dávid denied everything. So did András Giró-Szász, the right-hand man of István Stumpf at Századvég, who claimed last Friday that he was just a friend of Kornél Almássy who was giving him political advice. István Stumpf today told the court that he knew nothing about the whole Almássy affair, but if he had known anything he would have advised Giró-Szász not to become involved. You may recall that Giró-Szász is the new government spokesman.
Why did people close to Viktor Orbán want to remove Ibolya Dávid from the chairmanship of MDF? Because Dávid after spending four years in the first Orbán government decided that she would never again get involved with Fidesz. She and the few people around her decided to brave the 2006 elections on their own. They were lucky. The party managed to receive over 5% of the votes, which qualified them to be represented in the Hungarian parliament. Viktor Orbán claimed that he and his party lost the election because MDF took almost 6% of the votes away from Fidesz. Thus, Dávid had to be destroyed. I think Ibolya Dávid is right behind Ferenc Gyurcsány on Orbán's enemy list.