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SZÁZADVÉG: RULING PARTIES REINFORCE MANDATE

 

Hungary’s ruling parties have received another “unquestionable” mandate from voters “to put Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s programme in action”, an analysis by the Századvég Institute said. High turnout numbers show that voters “have clearly grasped” that the election was decisive in the fight of “two political blocs, pro-migration forces and anti-migration promoters of nation states,” the analysis said.

Hungarians have reinforced the ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance in its efforts to protect the country and Europe. The results were a message both to “domestic pro-migration forces and globalist Brussels bureaucrats”, Századvég said.

Among opposition parties, leftist Democratic Coalition (DK) was the clear winner of the elections, the institute said. The party has gained four seats in the European Parliament by “reaping profits from the ruins of a collapsing opposition,” Századvég said. Top candidate Klára Dobrev “managed to reach voters rejecting party leader Ferenc Gyurcsány”, they added.

The opposition Momentum Movement garnered more support than expected, winning two EP mandates mostly from disillusioned voters of green LMP and the Socialists, Századvég said. Nationalist Jobbik, the Socialist-Párbeszéd alliance and green LMP have endured staggering defeats, Századvég said, which questions the future of the Socialist-Párbeszéd alliance and greatly harms the chances of Gergely Karácsony, Párbeszéd co-leader and the parties’ mayoral candidate in the autumn local elections.

Jobbik went from being the strongest opposition party to the weakest to garner an EP seat, while radical nationalist Mi Hazánk has “definitively placed itself on the Hungarian political map” with its results near the entry threshold, Századvég said.