Hungarian local elections, 13 October 2019

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Reports, analyses and information relating to the local elections held in Hungary in October 2019.

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The elections were held on 13 October 2019 in order to elect mayors and assembly members.

Since the entry into power of the Fidesz (Hungarian Civic Alliance) government in 2010, opposition parties did not manage to successfully join forces at previous elections. Therefore, this elections were seen as a chance for the opposition to roll back the power of Fidesz, who also hold a supermajority in parliament. Parties from left to right decided to joined forces and have put in many municipalities only one challenger against Fidesz.

Fidesz won the majority of the municipals but they lost Budapest and a great number of Hungary’s largest cities. In the Budapest mayoral race, Gergely Karacsony, the Hungarian opposition challenger, defeated prime minister Viktor Orban's candidate, Istvan Tarlos, with 50.1 percent of the votes to 44.8 percent.

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Wikipedia: 2019 Hungarian local elections
Euronews, 13/10/2019: Hungarians vote in local elections which may loosen the government's grip on power

France 24, 14/10/2019: Hungary opposition wins Budapest mayoral race in blow for PM Orban
Hungary Today, 14/10/2019: Fidesz Losing Total Dominance Gives Opposition Hop
Politico, 14/10/2019: Orbán suffers defeat as opposition wins Budapest mayoral race
Euobserver, 14/10/2019: Hungarian opposition wins Budapest in blow to Orban
Reuters, 14/10/2019: Hungary's opposition wins Budapest election, makes gains in other cities

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