2. Mid of flags (EU, Hungarian and Budapest) on the facade
3. Close of camera screen at the presser
4. Pan of Istvan Tarlos
5. SOUNDBITE (Hungarian) Istvan Tarlos, Mayor of Budapest:
"The extraordinary assembly early next week is qualified to decide in a resolution about the withdrawal or continuation. The assembly naturally will not be a closed session, it will likely take place Wednesday before noon."
6. Close of a journalist at the presser
7. Wide of the presser room
8. Close of camera screen at the presser
9. SOUNDBITE (Hungarian) Istvan Tarlos, Mayor of Budapest:
"No referendums were held in any of the cities where Olympics have been held. Look it up. Where there was a referendum, with the sole exception of the Winter Games in Vancouver, there were never Olympics held."
The Budapest city assembly will vote on Wednesday on a motion to withdraw the city's bid to host the 2024 Olympics.
Mayor Istvan Tarlos, Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and Zsolt Borkai, the head of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, agreed late Wednesday on the withdrawal after it became clear the project would have to face a city-wide referendum initiated by the Momentum Movement, a new political group.
"In cities where referendums were held, with the sole exception of the Winter Games in Vancouver, Olympics were never held," Tarlos said on Friday. "The extraordinary assembly ... will likely take place before noon Wednesday."
The Hungarian Olympic Committee will officially notify the International Olympic Committee of the result of the assembly vote most likely next week, bid organizers said.
The government, which decided on the withdrawal even though election officials have yet to officially sign off on the referendum, blamed the opposition parties, most of which earlier backed the Olympic project, of "dismantling national unity."
Speaking on state radio, Orban branded the Momentum Movement as "dream-killers," saying they initiated the referendum for their own political gain.
The new group, formed just a year ago, said the government needed to prioritize issues like health care and education.
"The risks are so big that they simply cannot be taken, considering how huge the corruption problem is in the country," Momentum board member Anna Orosz said. "Very few other countries have been able to host a profitable Olympics. Most of them made a loss."
Los Angeles and Paris are the remaining bidders. The IOC will decide on the host in September.