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Hungary: Orban's right-wing party wins EU election but loses major support

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses the media after receiving the results of the European Parliamentary elections in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, June 10, 2024.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses the media after receiving the results of the European Parliamentary elections in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, June 10, 2024. Copyright AP
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By Angela SkujinsZoltán Siposhegyi
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Although his populist Fidesz party won 44% of votes in Sunday's EU election, a newcomer is threatening Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's grip on power.

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Viktor Orban's right-wing Fidesz party won big at Hungary's 2024 EU elections on Sunday, but lost major support.

The Hungarian Prime Minister's ultra-nationalist party received the most votes (44%) and will have 11 MEPs. However, it also experienced great losses, dropping a whopping 11% compared to the 2022 general election.

This result is the party's biggest defeat in 18 years.

Still, the 61-year-old was buoyed by the news, claiming it affirmed his government.

"To sum up the result of the European parliamentary election we can resume it best as a telegram that sounds like this: Migration full stop. Gender full stop. War full stop. Soros full stop, Brussels full stop," he said.

Orban's government has been hit with multiple scandals, including a sex abuse scandal that resulted in several key members of his party resigning.

Fidesz's traditional opponents, including the social-democrat and green parties, only received eight percent of votes and did not meet the threshold for entry in European Parliament.

The threat of Tisza

But a new political contender formed a few months ago, Tisza, scored a mammoth 29% of votes and scooped seven seats, becoming a clear opposition force for Orbán's anti-left and anti-Brussels agenda.

The party is headed by former-Fidesz-insider-turned-rival Péter Magyar, who said on Monday that the election results are "very clear".

"Fidesz only has one but very potent rival for the next national elections: our Tisza party," he said.

Magyar, 43, has toldlocal media that he aims for his party to be firmly centrist and operate on a platform of anti-corruption and improving Hungarian's quality of life.

Hungary is due to take over the six-month presidency of the Council of the EU in July.

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