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Orban’s party loses support in the EU elections

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his party Fidesz emerge victorious, but lose support compared to the 2019 EU elections. Photo: Szilard Koszticsak / MTI / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 10.06.2024 01:03:10

Policy: Fidesz’s main challenger, the pro-EU centre-right Tisza party, led by Peter Magyar, is set to win close to 31 percent of the vote in Hungary’s EU election, according to preliminary results after 40 percent of the vote counted up.

Forecasts before the election were that Fidesz could secure 50 percent of the vote. Tisza’s support is far higher than the forecasts before the election indicated.

If the preliminary figures from Hungary are confirmed when all the votes are counted, it means that Fidesz will get eleven mandates in the EU Parliament, while Tisza will get seven mandates.

In a speech early Monday night, Orban declared victory. The result shows that democracy in Hungary is healthy and alive. He said the result is a confirmation of the government’s policy.

– In a war situation and in a difficult battle, we have achieved important victories, he said in the speech.

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