The governing Hungarian Socialist Party (MSzP) won the first round of the parliamentary elections with all of the ballots counted.
The Socialists finished with 43.21% of votes ahead of Fidesz with 42.03%. The two smaller parties got enough votes in the first round to surpass the 5% threshold to get back into Parliament. The junior coalition Alliance of Free Democrats (SzDSz) accumulated 6.5% and the conservative Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF), contradicting pre-election poll results, won 5.04%.
Based on current standings, the socialist-liberal coalition would be the first to win two consecutive general elections in Hungary.
Official estimates made when 96.5% of the votes were counted showed MSzP with 105 mandates in the 386-seat chamber, MSzP-SzDSz with 5 seats, SzDSz alone with 4 while Fidesz-KDNP had 98 mandates and MDF 2.
The second round will take place on April 23.