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Fidesz loses two-third majority as 43% vote independent in by-election

Elections

An independent candidate yesterday won a race to replace a vacated parliamentary seat, thereby eliminating the two-thirds majority that has given the ruling Fidesz party complete control of the Parliament since 2010.

After 98.91% of the votes were counted, independent candidate Zoltán Kész (pictured) had 42.66 % of the votes in yesterday's by-elections held in Veszprém, winning 9 percentage points more than Fidesz-KDNP’s Lajos Némedi. Veszprém’s current deputy mayor received 33.64% of the votes, while Jobbik’s Andrea Varga-Damm had 14.14%, valasztas.hu reported late yesterday.

The Veszprém region’s by-election was organized following representative Tibor Navracsics election earlier this year to the post of EU commissioner in Brussels. The Fidesz politician won last year’s general elections with 47.15% of the votes, while this year Némedi received 13.5% less votes than Navracsics in 2014. During last year’s elections MSZP came in second, with only 27.64% of the votes.

The election campaign has drawn considerable attention, due to the importance of the two-third majority in the Hungarian legislative process. The Fidesz by-election campaign emphasized the importance of a governing party’s MP representing the region in Parliament, while independent Kész, backed by both liberals and socialists, focused on putting an end to Fidesz-KNDP’s two-third majority.  

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