Ákos Hadházy (born 4 March 1974) is a Hungarian veterinarian and politician. He was co-President of the Politics Can Be Different (Lehet Más a Politika; LMP) party from 2016 to 2018, and has been a member of the National Assembly (MP) from the party's National List since 2016.
Ákos Hadházy in 2018
|Co-President of the Politics Can Be Different|
16 July 2016 – 26 May 2018
|Preceded by||András Schiffer &|
|Succeeded by||László Lóránt Keresztes &|
|Member of the National Assembly|
|Assumed office |
12 September 2016
|Born||4 March 1974|
|Political party||Fidesz (?–2013)|
Hadházy was born on 4 March 1974 in Debrecen into a Calvinist family. He finished his secondary studies at Leövey Klára Gimnázium in Pécs. He earned a degree of veterinary at the University of Veterinary Science in 1998. He conducted research for a semester at the University of Giessen, where passed the exams of pathology and food microbiology. He also worked for the Institute of Biology of the Semmelweis University, where studied cellular biology.
He started his veterinary practice in Szekszárd as an assistant. He worked as a professional manager in the Veterinary Center since 2001. He is the owner of the local central animal hospital since 2009. He specializes in pet internal medicine, laboratory diagnostics and oncology.
Ákos Hadházy was a member of the Fidesz party. He became a local representative in Szekszárd during the 2006 local elections. He was a member of the committee on the economy. He was re-elected in the 2010 local elections. After that he served on the committee on culture. He became nationally known in April 2013, after giving an interview to news portal HVG. In it he confirmed the claims by opposition politicians and journals that the ruling Fidesz government awarded national tobacco sales rights based on party connections, and favoring local pro-government politicians including the mayor of Szekszárd, István Horváth. Horváth denied the charges but HVG presented a leaked audio recording from an assembly of the local representative body, which strengthened Hadházy's allegations. The news portal quoted Horváth who said it was most important that "applicants should be committed conservatives" and "socialist supporters must not win [at the tendering process]".
After the interview, Hadházy left Fidesz and its caucus in June 2013, and continued his work as an independent representative. Hadházy became affiliated with the left-wing green party Politics Can Be Different (LMP) by late 2013; he was the party's candidate for the individual parliamentary seat of Szekszárd (Tolna County Constituency I) and came to the fourth place during the 2014 parliamentary election. Soon he officially joined the party. Hadházy ran for the mayoral seat of Szekszárd in the October 2014 local elections. Beside LMP, he was supported by the other left-wing parliamentary parties (MSZP, DK and Together) too. He was defeated by Fidesz candidate Rezső Ács with 5 percent difference (Horváth did not run again for the office). After that Hadházy submitted a protest against the result in the Regional Court of Pécs, presenting evidences about organized tours of voters. The submission was well founded and the court annulled the outcome of the election. A new mayoral election was held on 9 November 2014, and Ács again defeated Hadházy, who obtained 42 percent of the vote.
On 18 July 2015, Hadházy was elected to the LMP's leadership. He launched a portal korrupcioinfo.hu and held weekly press conferences, where uncovered numerous alleged corruption cases involved Fidesz politicians and government—close businessmen and bankers. After the LMP's most well-known politician, András Schiffer announced his retirement from politics, Hadházy was elected co-chair of the party on 16 July 2016, alongside Bernadett Szél. He was also elected a Member of Parliament via the party's national list on 12 September 2016, replacing Schiffer. There he became a member of the Legislative Committee. Hadházy criticized the Orbán government's migrant quota referendum campaign in October 2016; he called the referendum as "destructive", because it "whipped up panic-like fear" among the citizens, while distracting from the "collapsing health care" and the "looting of EU funds at state level". He also said Orbán "isolated himself internationally with his populist campaign of provocation".
During the campaign period of the 2018 parliamentary election, Hadházy was a strong advocate for cooperation among left-wing opposition parties despite the LMP's contradictory resolutions. According to press sources, Hadházy negotiated with numerous individual candidates to step back for the benefit of the most prominent opposition candidate, without authorization of the party leadership. As a result, the LMP's ethics committee initiated proceedings against him, but all of these were covered to the public until the election. Despite Tamás Harangozó (MSZP) withdrew his candidacy in favour of Hadházy, he again lost to Fidesz MP István Horváth in Szekszárd constituency. Hadházy became MP via his party's national list. As the governing Fidesz–KDNP won a two-thirds majority in a row for the third time, Hadházy resigned as co-leader of the LMP at the night of the election day. He was interviewed by 24.hu on the next day, where he claimed former party leader András Schiffer and board secretary Róbert Benedek Sallai threatened party candidates with litigation of million HUF to not to withdraw their candidacy. Both politicians refused the charges. On 14 April, Sallai physically assaulted Hadházy during an ethics committee meeting. Hadházy filed charges against his party colleague due to the attack.
Hadházy refused to attend the opening session of the new parliamentary term on 8 May 2018, claiming the newly formed national assembly as "illegitimate" due to the result of the controversial national election. He took his parliamentary oath a month later, on 4 June. Meanwhile Hadházy was marginalized within LMP. On 24 May, the party's disciplinary banned Hadházy from bearing any party positions for the upcoming two years because of his role in the campaign period of the national election, when he negotiated with the representatives of other parties without authorization. Hadházy left the party on 20 June 2018, but he stated he wish to retain his parliamentary mandate.
- "Biography" (PDF). Országgyűlés.
- "Register". Országgyűlés.
- "Kiállás: fideszes képviselő leplezi le a trafikmutyit". 2013-04-30. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
- "Megszereztük: hangfelvétel bizonyítja a trafikmutyit". 2013-05-09. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
- "Kilép a Fideszből a trafikmutyit leleplező képviselő". 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
- "Az LMP színeiben folytatja Hadházy Ákos". 2013-11-30. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
- "A Fidesz polgármesterjelöltje nyert Szekszárdon". 2014-11-10. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
- "A csalódott fideszesekre építene az LMP". 2015-07-18. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
- "Hadházy Ákos lett az LMP társelnöke". 2016-07-16. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
- "LMP: az eredménytelen népszavazás a kormány pozícióját gyöngíti". 24.hu. 2016-10-02. Retrieved 2016-10-24.
- "Az LMP-ben már a választás előtt állt a bál". Index.hu. 2018-04-09. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
- "Hadházyt legyőzte a fideszes Horváth". Index.hu. 2018-04-09. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
- "Hadházy: Schiffer és Sallai sokmilliós perrel fenyegette azokat, akik visszalépnek". 24.hu. 2018-04-09. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
- "Balhé az LMP-ben: Sallai Róbert Benedek nekiment Hadházy Ákosnak". Index.hu. 2018-04-14. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
- "Az üres ülésteremben tette le parlamenti esküjét Hadházy Ákos". Index.hu. 2018-06-04. Retrieved 2018-06-20.
- "Két évre szóló büntetést kapott Hadházy Ákos az LMP-től". Index.hu. 2018-05-24. Retrieved 2018-06-20.
- "Hadházy Ákos is kilép az LMP-ből". Index.hu. 2018-06-20. Retrieved 2018-06-20.
|Party political offices|
| Co-President of the Politics Can Be Different
alongside Bernadett Szél
László Lóránt Keresztes