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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.

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.

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.


From Belfast Telegraph