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Hungary's centre-right set for historic poll win

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Hungary's centre-right set for historic poll win


History could be made in Hungary today.

In the second round of elections, the conservative opposition is poised to win the strongest political mandate in the country’s post-communist history.

A two thirds majority would empower the next government to enact reforms to kickstart the recession-hit economy.

Such an emphatic victory would be good because decision-making would be faster, according to voter Peter Varnai, who cast his ballot in Budapest.

Pensioner Maria Holecska, 61, said that whether it is under the centre-right or not, what matters is that her grandchildren have a better future.

The conservative Fidesz Party has, in fact, already won this election, ousting the ruling Socialists in the first round of voting. Its leader Viktor Orban now has a good chance of getting that two thirds parliamentary majority.

The far-right also aims to build on a strong showing in the first round when the Jobbik party entered parliament for the first time. Its leader Gabor Vona has blamed Hungary’s large Roma minority for high unemployment and crime and peppered campaign speeches with anti-Semitic language.

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