Hungarians go to polls in 2018 parliamentary elections

Hungarians go to polls in 2018 parliamentary elections

She said young people are rejecting the authoritarian government and her 2 daughters have left Hungary.

Turnout shortly before the deadline was 68.1 percent, nine points higher than at the same time in the 2014 parliamentary election. The Fidesz-led coalition is projected to secure a majority to give Orban a 3rd consecutive term.

'We are celebrating democracy and it seems like this feast will be lovely because many of us are taking part, ' said Gergely Karacsony, the leading candidate of the left-wing Socialist and Dialogue parties.

It is known that about 8.3 million people have the right to vote in the elections in Hungary. Preliminary results are expected after 11 p.m.

Gabor Vona is the opposition leader seeking to capture the protest vote against Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, an Euronews report has said.

While Fidesz is expected to win a parliamentary majority, analysts are watching to see if Mr Orban's party can regain the "supermajority" it once held.

Analysts, however, were more cautious about the significance of the turnout.

He said voter turnout would determine the outcome.

Boros said in a tweet: "The Hungarian political landscape will dramatically change today". That was the highest turnout figure at that time since at least 1998.

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Hungary started general elections on Sunday to elect a 199-seat parliament, which could make the current Prime Minister Viktor Orban succeed in a third straight term.

A voter approaches ballot boxes at a polling station in Budapest.

The one thing opposition parties do agree on is the need to reverse many of Orban's policies, which they call anti-democratic.

Vona said: "I feel a surprise and a Jobbik breakthrough can be expected in the election".

What are Viktor Orban's policies?

After casting his vote in a wealthy district of Budapest with his wife, Orban said Hungary's future was at stake in the vote.

Since the by-election, civil society groups have urged nationwide tactical voting on Sunday to foil Fidesz in electoral districts, although the opposition parties have failed to present a united front.

Orban's sometimes lurid rhetoric against immigrants resulted in February in a spat between the government and the UN's top human rights official, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who accused Orban of xenophobia and racism.

Asked whether he was fighting the EU he said: "The EU is not in Brussels". The EU is now in Berlin, in Budapest, in Warsaw, in Prague and at Bucharest. He claims that domestic and European Union funds meant for Hungarian families or the country's 800,000-strong Roma minority will be diverted to migrants, whose presence will weaken Hungary's security and increase its terror risk.

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