05 Apr 2018

Hungarian opposition unites to challenge Fidesz's hegemony

Days before a crucial parliamentary election, the opposition parties are joining forces to grab the most votes from Fidesz. This is the only way they can challenge the ruling party.

Ivett Körösi
Ivett Körösi Nepszava, Hungary
Source: Nepszava
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Why this story matters:

The stakes are extremely high for the April 8 elections. It is perhaps the most important vote since the fall of Communism, 28 years ago, because democracy is in danger in Hungary.

The ruling party, Fidesz, has been inciting hatred with its anti-migration campaign, waging war on NGOs and systematically silencing independent media. It also has significant control over the judiciary and treats everyone who diverges from the government's doctrine as a traitor.

PM Viktor Orban has already implied that the "enemies” of the country could face retaliation if he wins.

With three days to go, Hungarian voters are tense. There is almost no doubt that Fidesz will win, but it is hard to predict its share of votes.

In this uneasy atmosphere, some opposition parties have recently agreed to withdraw from the elections to give more votes to the strongest candidates. The more opposition MPs get a seat in the parliament, the harder it will be for Fidesz to abuse its power.

Details from the story:

  • Marta V. Naszalyi from the Parbeszed opposition party claims that in many constituencies, there could be only one opposition candidate facing Fidesz.
  • In 2014, Fidesz won in 11 swing-constituencies. In these cases, chances of the opposition were weakened because there were several left-wing candidates.
  • According to a Hungarian think-tank, Republikon, Fidesz could win 41% of the votes on the Sunday elections. Far-right Jobbik could score 21%, while the socialists, now in coalition with Parbeszed (MSZP-Parbeszed), could reach 19%.
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