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Hungary’s ruling Fidesz “stands prepared” for the upcoming municipal elections, the party said after a meeting of its national board. Fidesz said it would field or support mayoral candidates in nearly 1,000 towns and villages with a combined population of some 8 million Hungarians. The national board also established that “the inaptitude of the opposition may compromise the future of Hungary’s municipalities”. “There are false and pretentious political deals behind the candidates” whom the opposition parties “deceitfully call joint candidates”, the statement said, and suggested that if those candidates won, “towns and villages would be the greatest losers”.

Hungary’s president set the date of Hungary’s 2019 local elections for October 13 earlier in the day.