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Parties discuss options for smaller parliament

Hungary's four parliamentary parties met on Wednesday to continue a discussion concerning options for a downsized national assembly and possible changes to the country's electoral system. At present, Parliament has a single chamber with 386 members elected in two rounds. The system is composed of 176 individual constituencies, regional party lists drawn up in each of Hungary's 19 counties and Budapest, while the remaining 58 seats are distributed under a compensation system, using leftover votes cast for unsuccessful individual candidates. Today's discussion focused on the proposal of the main opposition Fidesz party, which would retain the mixed system of individual constituencies and party lists but reduce the number of MPs by nearly 100 to 290. The party proposes cutting the number of individual constituencies to 152, distributing 60 seats through national lists and 78 through compensation lists.