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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

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.

It seems clear that after nearly a decade of failures, the opposition finally understood that in the current electoral system, only one joint candidate can successfully challenge the candidate of FIDESZ. The opposition, learning partially from current events in Turkey, were able to put aside their differences, and present one challenger in most cases. Consequently, they gained control over Budapest: the supreme mayor and most district heads will be from the ranks of the opposition, while FIDESZ could likely keep their primacy in only 7 out of 23 districts. It provides a comfortable majority for the opposition parties to run Budapest in the forthcoming five years.

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