Saturday 17 November 2018

Hungarian PM looks set to win fourth term in national vote

Preliminary results have Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party winning the parliamentary election with 49.5% of the vote.

Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban addresses the media outside a polling station in Budapest (AP)
Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban addresses the media outside a polling station in Budapest (AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Early election results in Hungary give prime minister Viktor Orban’s right-wing populist Fidesz party a large lead.

Preliminary results from the National Election Office have Fidesz winning Sunday’s parliamentary election with 49.5% of the vote.

If the result stands, Fidesz would hold 134 of the 199 seats in the national parliament and regain its super majority there.

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People queue to cast their vote at a polling station during general elections in Budapest (Balazs Mohai/MTI/AP)

With 69.1% of the votes counted, the right-wing nationalist Jobbik Party was coming in second with 19.9% of the votes and 27 seats.

It would mean a third consecutive term for Mr Orban, and fourth overall.

He has campaigned heavily on his unyielding anti-migration policies, although voters said they were more concerned with poverty, government corruption and the country’s underfunded health care system.

Election officials said voter turnout was 68.1% by 6.30pm, 30 minutes before the official end of voting.

Numerous voting stations remained open after the 7pm deadline to accommodate the long lines of people waiting to vote.

Press Association

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