A “revolution” – the verdict of Hungary’s victorious Fidesz party after its landslide election victory. The conservatives who had been in opposition, have been celebrating after winning the two thirds majority they needed in parliament. That will allow the party to change the constitution and introduce widespread reforms.
Fidesz leader Viktor Orban is set to become prime minister for the second time.
Despite the landslide, his victory speech emphasised co-operation. “We will jointly rebuild Hungary and make it strong,” he said.
With nearly all second round votes counted, Fidesz had won four more seats than it needed for the two-thirds supermajority. The ousted socialists were way behind, the far-right Jobbik party in third place enters parliament for the first time.
Its leader Gabor Vona highlighted law and order and corruption. He said that the country had been left in a state of almost total political, social, moral and even economic collapse. The priority, he added, was to strengthen security and impeach those responsible.
Fidesz secured victory after the first round of voting; the second was fought in constituencies where no single candidate won a majority.
With Hungary recovering from near financial collapse, the new government has promised to create jobs, lower taxes and reduce bureaucracy.