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Hungarian elections: are the tides turning?


Orban lost the control of several key cities. The country experiences similar development as Turkey: suburbia remains more loyal to the government, while opposition is growing in cities

Orban lost the control of several key cities. The country experiences similar development as Turkey: suburbia remains more loyal to the government, while opposition is growing in cities

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban talks to the media after casting his ballot during Hungary's local elections in Budapest, Hungary, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban talks to the media after casting his ballot during Hungary’s local elections in Budapest, Hungary, October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

After the October 13 municipal elections in Hungary, the governing party of lost control over Budapest and several key cities. The elections, which followed an intense and dirty campaign from both sides, showed party politics is still dominant in decision-making: people would rather vote for party symbols than for the person. Although increased participation (48.57%) proves that people’s interest in politics is again on the rise, it was still far from the record participation of 2006.

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