A by-election in Hungary has dealt a blow to Prime Minister Viktor Orban who’s faced accusations of being power hungry.
His governing Fidesz party has lost its three-quarters parliamentary majority after an independent candidate secured a win of the Vezprem county constituency.
Attila Magyar, our correspondent in Budapest explained what the by-election win meant:
“This result is mainly symbolic. Still, only a few people expected that an opposition candidate could win. A year ago a similar election saw the ruling right wing party take a 20 percent lead in this county.”
Zoltan Kesz won support from several opposition parties to allow him to run – including the Socialists.He’s vowed to be a true critic of the government.
“I will tell Viktor Orbán that we have had enough of their robbery. We want to see a government for the Hungarian people. My friends, we can be happy. We have enough power to change the country. People are always stronger than a strong power.”
Since he was elected in 2010, Orban has been accused of threatening democracy in Hungary by changing the constitution and other laws without any opposition support.
He’s also faced allegations of corruption.
The Fidesz party together with the minority Christian Democrats partners have held a “supermajority” in parliament.