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Socialists retain power

Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány will return to power after yesterday's elections, with his two-party governing coalition taking a 34-seat majority in the 386-member parliament, according to results with 97.3% of polling stations reported.

Fidesz chief Viktor Orbán conceded his election defeat in a phone call to Gyurcsány, Socialist Chairman István Hiller said before claiming victory for his party.
Voter turnout was 60.3%, compared with 67.8% in the April 9 first round, the National Election Bureau (OVI) said. The Socialists took 190 seats and their coalition partner Alliance of Free Democrats won 20; Fidesz won 164 seats and the smaller opposition party Hungarian Democratic Forum took 11, with one independent candidate winning a single district.