Áder sets 2014 parliamentary election date for April 6

Party Popularity

The ruling Fidesz-KDNP has officially called for the 2014 parliamentary election. On Saturday, President János Áder announced that the first round of elections would be held on April 6, the first day permissible under current law.

“With the authority invested in me by the constitution, I set the day of April 6 for the next parliamentary elections,” Áder said, going on to opine that an election as soon as possible is in Hungary’s best interests: “It is a rightful expectation of Hungary’s citizens that the election campaign should not be longer than necessary and justified.”

In response to the announcement, various opposition party members publically displayed confidence and no surprise. A statement from MSzP party president and he at the top of the left-wing coalition ticket, Attila Mesterházy, said that an April 6 election would allow voters to “dismiss the failed Orbán government as soon as possible.”

Former prime minister/current Together 2014-Dialogue for Hungary party president Gordon Bajnai chimed in with “Viktor Orbán’s regime is equally under threat by the joint list of the alliance to overthrow the government and by all the dirty laundry that has been made public in connection with the expansion of the Paks nuclear power plant.”

In the most recent survey from pollsters Nézőpont in a survey taken just before the left-wing parties MSzP, E14-PM, DK and the Liberals formed a coalition for candidates, reaffirms resulted consistent with previous months. In the poll taken in early January, the ruling Fidesz-KDNP coalition was the preferred choice of 37% of respondents; 21% said they would vote for a left-wing opposition party. Within this group, MSzP was the choice of nearly half. Among decided voters, 46% said they’d vote Fidesz-KDNP in 2014, with left-wing parties getting about 25% support.

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