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Saturday 17 November 2018

Protesters in Hungary demand recount and new electoral system

Prime Minister Viktor Orban was re-elected for a fourth term last week.

Demonstrators dissatisfied with last week’s general election result gather at the building of the Hungarian State Opera (Zsolt Szigetvary/MTI via AP)
Demonstrators dissatisfied with last week’s general election result gather at the building of the Hungarian State Opera (Zsolt Szigetvary/MTI via AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Thousands of anti-government protesters in Hungary are marching in the capital Budapest to demand a vote recount and a new electoral system.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban was re-elected for a fourth term last week.

His Fidesz party won a super-majority in the national assembly, with preliminary results showing that Fidesz and its tiny ally the Christian Democratic party getting 134 seats in the 199-seat legislature.

Protesters were marching Saturday from the Opera to Parliament, with shouts of “Vik-tator!” and “Filthy Fidesz!”

They are upset that Hungary’s electoral rules have given Mr Orban’s party such a large majority when it only won around 50% of the votes.

Mr Orban, whose campaign focused on the demonisation of migrants, has promised “significant changes” in his next government, which could push for a constitutional amendment against migration.

Press Association

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