Orbán wins 4th consecutive term as Hungary’s PM
Photo by MTI/Szilárd Koszticsák
Incumbent party alliance Fidesz-KDNP managed to gain a majority in the 2022 Hungarian general election and retain its two-thirds supermajority, according to official results published by the National Election Office (NVI).
With more than 85% of all votes counted, Fidesz received 53.71%% of the votes, winning 88 individual constituencies around the country. NVI projects 135 seats in the parliament for the nationalist-conservative party alliance led by Viktor Orbán, who has been the Prime Minister of Hungary since 2010. He also previously held the position of PM between 1998 and 2002.
"We have won a huge victory", Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, President of Fidesz and Hungary's Prime Minister, said late on Sunday at the election night HQ of Fidesz-KDNP on Sunday evening, according to a report by state news wire MTI.
Speaking on a stage in front of the Bálna event center in Budapest shortly before 11 p.m., the Prime Minister said, "We have won a huge victory, so great that it can be seen from the moon, but certainly from Brussels."
"We are looking good, we are looking better, perhaps we have never looked better than we do tonight," he said.
Orbán told the Hungarians of Transcarpathia (Ukraine) to hold on, not to be afraid, as the motherland is with them. He also called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky an "opponent" he had to overcome during the campaign.
According to the results published so far, the United for Hungary opposition alliance headed by Péter Márki-Zay received only 34.41% of the votes. NVI projects 56 seats in the parliament for the opposition alliance.
Péter Márki-Zay, United for Hungary's candidate for prime minister, acknowledged Fidesz's election victory on Sunday evening in Budapest, according to MTI.
Speaking at the City Park artificial ice rink, he said, "I don't want to hide my disappointment and sadness, we never thought that this would be the result."
The opposition politician described the election contest as extremely unequal but said he did not dispute the result.
Right-wing nationalist party Our Homeland (Mi Hazánk) received about 6.31% of the votes. NVI projects 7 seats in the parliament for them.
As things stand, the National Self-Government of Germans in Hungary will also delegate a minority spokesman to the parliament, as they have collected enough votes to pass the parliamentary threshold for doing so.
According to official data, some 69.43%% of eligible voters made their voices heard on Sunday.
With almost 99% of all votes counted, NVI reports that Fidesz-KDNP received more than 2.7 million votes yesterday (53.1%), enough for 135 seats in the assembly.
United for Hungary enjoyed the support of 1.8 million people (35.04%), which translates into 56 seats in the parliament.
Our Homeland received about 318,000 votes, granting seven seats.
The National Self-Government of Germans in Hungary will delegate a minority spokesman to the parliament.
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