Final result: Fidesz has two-thirds majority

All the votes cast in the Hungarian parliamentary elections on April 8 have been counted on Saturday, including votes cast abroad and by those who voted outside their districts. The strongest opposition party, Jobbik gained one mandate from Fidesz, but the ruling alliance still has a two-thirds majority in the parliament.

Following are the results of votes cast for national party lists in April 8’s general election with 100 percent of the votes counted:

1. FIDESZ-KDNP (49.60 percent, 2 824 206 votes) – 133 seats
2. JOBBIK (19,19 percent, 1 092 669 votes) – 26 seats
3. MSZP-PARBESZED (11,99 percent,682 602 votes) – 20 seats
4. LMP (7,10 percent, 404 425 votes) – 8 seats
5. DK (5,41 percent, 308 068 votes) – 9 seats

Left-liberal Momentum and the satirical Two-tailed Dog Party didn’t reach the 5% threshold and the liberal Together (Egyutt) didn’t even reach 1%.

Independent candidate Tamas Mellar has one mandate after winning in the individual constituency of Pecs and Szabo Szabolcs of the Egyutt party also won one candidate in Budapest’s 21st district. Imre Ritter, a representative of the German minority won one preferential seat. The result will be official when the time for appeal expires.

Hungarian news site Index points out that according to the last votes, Jobbik, LMP and Momentum are stronger than Fidesz among Hungarians living abroad and the young people (it’s mostly the young people who vote outside their districts as they live in rented apartments but have their permanent address at home).

In his blog post, political analyst Gabor Torok drew several conclusions. The turnout was the second highest (5.5 million) after 2002. Fidesz had its second best result after 2010, they gained the most new voters (even without the mail votes of cross-border Hungarians, because that comparison would be unfair, says Torok). Jobbik reached the best result of its history, though they only gained 73.000 new voters since 2014. LMP also reached its best result, winning 134.000 new voters compared to 2014. The biggest loser of the elections is the left-side, who – MSZP, DK and Egyutt – together won 263.000 less votes than in 2014, despite the “radically higher turnout”. Torok notes that the appearance of Momentum (174.000 votes) and the Two-tailed Dog Party (99.000 votes) also contributed to the failure of the left.

Torok also adds that the new, so-called “21st century” parties – Jobbik, LMP and Momentum – were much more successful than the “old” MSZP or DK. He also writes that according to the results, tactical opposition voting was more widespread than expected.

Hungary Journal
Photo: MTI


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