Conservative wins Hungarian opposition race as anti-Orban parties unite – .

Conservative wins Hungarian opposition race as anti-Orban parties unite – .

Conservative politician Peter Marki-Zay has won the race to become Hungary’s opposition co-candidate for prime minister, as anti-Orbán parties unite to oust the sitting prime minister.
Marki-Zay – currently mayor of Hodmezovasarhely, a town in the south – defeated Klara Dobrev, a vice-president of the European Parliament who represented the left-wing liberal Democratic coalition, in a second round of elections by nearly 88,000 votes. , according to results released Saturday night.

More than 650,000 Hungarians voted in the election, both in person and online.

Marki-Zay, who is not affiliated with any political party, received 56.71% of the vote, while Dobrev won 43.29% of the votes cast. Dobrev, however, has since pledged his support for Marki-Zay, according to Reuters.

He will now face Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in general elections due in spring 2022. The race against Marki-Zay will be the first time that Orban, who first seized power in 2010, will face to a united group of opposition parties vying to oust him from his post.

Opposition polls cited by Reuters show that Orban’s Fidesz party and the opposition coalition are neck and neck.

Marki-Zay had strong support among left-wing and liberal voters, according to Politico, and is seeking support from Hungarians who remain undecided but unhappy with Orban and his ruling party.

Six different opposition parties have joined forces in an attempt to oust Orban from office, according to Politico. The coalitions also coordinated primaries to choose common candidates in local electoral races.

The opposition alliance includes socialists, liberals and the center-right Jobbik party, according to Reuters.

The groups regrouped in response to the current electoral structure, which was designed by Fidesz and made it difficult for opposition parties to challenge the prime minister on their own.

Marki-Zay, speaking to supporters in Budapest, said he would work on reforming political culture in Hungary and called for action for the country to come together.

“We want to build a new Hungary,” said Marki-Zay, according to Politico.

“We can only win together,” he added, according to Reuters. “No one can break the unity of the opposition. “

He said that despite the main victory, the real race is yet to come.

“It was a battle, but we also have to win the war,” Márki-Zay said, referring to the general election against Orban.


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