General elections to be held on April 3

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President János Áder has set an April 3 date for Hungary's next general elections, his office said on Tuesday.

The date is the earliest one allowed by law, according to state news wire MTI.

The previous general election was held on April 8, 2018, resulting in a 2/3 supermajority for the right-wing Fidesz-KDNP coalition. This year, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's most important challenger will be Mayor of Hódmezővásárhely Péter Márki-Zay, who heads the "United for Hungary" joint opposition list.

Polls conducted in December 2021 show varying results, ranging from a 14-point Fidesz lead measured by Iránytű to a 5-point opposition advantage measured by Republikon.

Two smaller parties are currently hovering around the electoral threshold required to enter Parliament: right-wing nationalist party Mi Hazánk (Our Home), and joke party Magyar Kétfarkú Kutyapárt (Hungarian Two-Tailed Dog Party).

Áder also decided to set the date for a referendum to gauge support for safeguarding minors' exposure to sexual orientation in the classroom and in the media on the same day as the general elections.

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