Thousands protest over Orbán win
Thousands protested in Budapest last Saturday against what organisers said was an unfair election system that gave the prime minister, Viktor Orbán, another landslide victory after a “hate campaign” against immigrants.
Orbán won a third term after his anti-immigration message secured a strong majority for his Fidesz party in parliament, granting him twothirds of seats based on preliminary results.
In a Facebook post, rally organisers called for a recount of ballots, free media, a new election law, and more efficient cooperation instead of bickering among opposition parties.
Fidesz got 49% of national party list votes and its candidates won 91 of 106 single-member constituencies, mostly in rural areas, while leftwing opposition candidates carried two-thirds of voting districts in Budapest. Support for Orbán was at 37% among voters under 30, rising to 46% among those over 50, according to a survey by thinktank Median last week.
The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe said the election did not offer opposition parties a level playing field.