Thou­sands protest over Or­bán win

The Guardian Weekly - - International News -

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.

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