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Hungary's Fidesz party projected to win parliamentary elections

English.news.cn   2014-04-07 06:19:39

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks to supporters after his Fidesz party and its small ally, the Christian Democratic People's Party, won the parliamentary election in Budapest April 6, 2014. (Xinhua/Attila Volgyi)


BUDAPEST, April 6 (Xinhua) -- With 80.96 percent of the votes counted in Sunday's parliamentary elections, the incumbent conservative Fidesz party and its small ally, the Christian Democratic People's Party, seemed destined to repeat its two-thirds majority win.

As of 11 p.m. (2200 GMT), Fidesz and its ally look to have garnered 133 seats in parliament while the left-wing coalition will have 37 and the far right Jobbik party will get 25, and the green LMP party, which just squeaked over the 5 percent threshold, looks to get 5 seats.

There are 199 seats in the current parliament, down from 386 after Fidesz revamped the election law relying on the two-thirds majority it won in 2010.

Of the 199 seats, 106 are in individual constituencies, meaning that voters may choose among specific candidates for these seats, each of which represents a concrete geographic area. The candidate with the most votes wins the seat.

The other 93 seats are divided according to the proportion of votes received by the various political parties, assuming the party managed to glean at least 5 percent of the vote, the minimum for entering parliament.

The governing alliance looks likely to win nine of the 18 Budapest districts and every single district save two in the rest of the country.

In a number of constituencies the difference between the first and second place candidates is small enough to require a recount (less than 5 percent). While the governing alliance is clearly the winner in this election, most likely the extent of its victory and whether or not it wins two-thirds of the seats will depend on a recount.

Overall, just over 60 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots. Voting was heaviest in Budapest where participation was well over 70 percent in six constituencies and exceeded 65 percent in an additional eight.


Hungary polls close, incumbent Fidesz party expected to win

BUDAPEST, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Polls closed in Hungary at 7 p.m. local time (1800 GMT) on Sunday in parliamentary elections, with the first published exit poll reporting a sizable lead for the incumbent conservative Fidesz party and its small ally, the Christian Democrats.

The Nezopont Institute conducted an exit poll, in which 48 percent of voters said they chose Fidesz, while 27 percent reported voting for the left-wing coalition, 18 percent for the far right Jobbik party and 6 percent for the green LMP. Full story

Editor: Liu Dan
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