Ruling party secures crushing victory in interim elections
The interim local government elections held this Sunday in Hungary brought further victories for the political right. Voting was held in the 1st district of Esztergom, which recently became a county town. Krisztian Varga, the candidate of the right-wing ruling coalition Fidesz-Christian Democrat (KDNP) alliance secured the mandate with a convincing majority, with 85.82 per cent of the vote.
It is worth noting that the only other candidate came from the far-right Our Homeland (Mi Hazank) party, as none of the six leftist parties ran for the seat.
The right wing scored another success in Szentendre, where Fidesz-KDNP candidate Andras Szabolcs won in the 10th constituency with 65.1 per cent of the vote, ahead of the local organisation’s candidate. The town of Mezotur held a mayoral election, which was also won by ruling party candidate Daniel Szucs with 57.85 per cent of the votes. The leftist parties threw their weight behind the local organisation’s candidate, but they were not included on the ballot. In the 7th constituency, in the city of Salgotarjan, the ruling parties’ candidate was initially in the lead, but in the end Jozsef Ludanyi, an independent candidate, won the election.