Monday, April 12, 2010

Center-right wins landslide victory in Hungarian elections

Hungary's ruling Socialist party has conceded defeat in Sunday's parliamentary elections. Partial results from the National Election Committee point to a landslide victory for the opposition center-right party, Fidesz.

With nearly all votes counted Hungary's center-right opposition party, Fidesz, has secured 206 of the 386 parliamentary seats. The ruling Socialists, headed by Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai, came a distant second, marginally ahead of the far-right Jobbik party.

The National Election Committee said the ruling Socialists gained 28 seats, ahead of the far-right Jobbik party which had 26 seats in the first round. The green liberal LMP party is currently fourth with five seats.

A second round of voting, scheduled for April 25, will decide whether Fidesz has won the two-thirds majority required to push through major reforms without opposition support.

Fidesz leader Viktor Orban declared election victory and said Hungarians had voted for a change on Sunday.

"Hungarians voted on Hungary and Hungary's future. Today Hungary's citizens have defeated hopelessness," the one-time premier told party supporters.

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