Fidesz wins big in Hungary

Hungary’s incumbent Fidesz-led alliance, based on preliminary results with 88.57 percent of the votes counted, secured a sweeping victory in Sunday’s election, and was on course to win 133 seats in the 199-seat parliament, which would hand it a two-thirds majority.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban declared a “historic” victory for his Fidesz-led alliance in Sunday’s election after Hungary’s electorate returned Fidesz to power for a third consecutive term. “We’ve secured a historic victory, and created the possibility to protect Hungary,” Orban said.

“We’ve won,” he declared in his victory speech, adding that the high turnout had dispelled all doubts of this. “We have a big battle behind us,” the prime minister said. He said Hungary was not yet where it wants to be, but “has embarked down its chosen path”. “We will go down this path together,” he pledged. Orban thanked voters for “standing by us over the years”.

He also expressed his gratitude to Hungarians beyond the border who had voted in the election and “helped protect the motherland”. Orban further thanked Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, and Mateusz Morawiecki, his Polish counterpart, for their support. “Go Hungary! Go Hungarians!” he finished his victory speech.

Meanwhile, Jobbik party reaffirmed its standing as the country’s main opposition force. According to his earlier promise to resign if Jobbik doesn’t win the elections, Jobbik chairman Gabor Vona announced his resignation. Vona said the party board would make plans concerning tasks ahead on Monday afternoon. Vona acknowledged the election victory of the Fidesz-Christian Democrats, adding that Jobbik had planned to replace the government but had not succeeded. He thanked everyone who cast their votes and said the high turnout was a celebration of democracy.

Green opposition party LMP‘s Akos Hadhazy has tendered his resignation as the party’s co-leader. He told MTI that he would not return his mandate for the time being.

Chairman Gyula Molnar announced that the Socialist Party’s (MSZP) board resigns.

The small opposition Egyutt party “acknowledges the outcome” of the election and the party board will resign, Egyutt leader Peter Juhasz said. He told a press conference that Egyutt was “disappointed” about the opposition’s performance.

“We cannot congratulate Fidesz; we cannot congratulate Viktor Orban,” the leader of Momentum Movement, Andras Fekete-Gyor, said. Fekete-Gyor insisted that the prime minister and the ruling party had “committed political crimes” in Hungary over the past eight, and especially in the last four years. Momentum cound not secure 5 percent of the votes cast on national lists, and thus failed to make it into parliament.

Following are the results of votes cast for national party lists in Sunday’s general election with 91.65 percent of the votes counted:

    1. FIDESZ-KDNP (48.64 percent, 2,284,460 votes)
    2. JOBBIK (19.69 percent, 924,590 votes)
    3. MSZP-PARBESZED (12.24 percent, 574,918 votes)
    4. LMP (6.82 percent, 320,491 votes)
    5. DK (5.52 percent, 259,329 votes)

Source: MTI/Hungary Journal
Photo: MTI

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