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Historic election result on the cards in Hungary

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Historic election result on the cards in Hungary


Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany looks almost certain to become his country’s first post-communist leader to serve a second term. Early results from the election’s first round show the Socialist Party edging ahead with 99 percent of the votes counted. Gyurcsany has won around 43.3 percent of the vote. Former Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s opposition conservative Fidesz party edged ahead initially due to increased support in rural areas, but is now trailing behind on 42 percent. Smaller parties the Free Democrats and the Hungarian Democratic Forum have crossed the five percent threshold they need to be included in the new administration.

The presence of the Democratic Forum in any future parliament could complicate negotiations about forming a ruling coalition. The party has recently distanced itself from Orban’s Fidesz. With a growing budget deficit, rising unemployment and much needed reforms of the health and education sectors, the next government will need to act quickly to prepare Hungary for the adoption of the Euro in 2010. 8.1 million people in Hungary are eligible to vote. Early indications show an unexpectedly high turnout of more than 67 percent.
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