In his letter, Kovacs stresses that “democracy is alive and well in Hungary”, reminding that the “voter turnout in Hungary’s April 8 elections reached 70.2 percent, the highest it’s been since 2002 and more than eight points higher than it was in 2014. Voter participation in the U.S. 2016 presidential election was only 55.7 percent, and it was even lower in 2012”.
He explains Orban’s support by citing numbers – “unemployment today is at 3.8 percent, down from its 2009 level of 11.9 percent. Growth in gross domestic product reached 4.4 percent in 2017, compared with minus 7.9 percent in 2009” – adding that “voters like those things”.
After explaining “majoritarian electoral systems”, Kovacs concludes:
“Prime Minister Viktor Orban won again by a landslide precisely because the voters want their government to put the country first”.