Hungary’s centre-right Fidesz party goes into the second round of parliamentary elections today already sure of victory.
The party, allied to the Christian Democrats, ousted the governing Socialists in the first round by winning 206 of 386 seats.
Fidesz leader Viktor Orban, set to become prime minister for the second time, said that Hungarians had voted to “defeat hopelessness”.
If the party gets a two-thirds majority, it will have the strongest mandate to implement reforms in Hungary’s post-communist history.
The party has put economic growth at the centre of its campaign.
The defeated Socialists, in power for eight years, suffered the consequences of unpopular austerity measures imposed after the country was badly hit by the financial crisis.
The far-right Jobbik party will enter parliament for the first time following its first round performance.