Hungarian Opinion: Two-thirds Majority for Fidesz – Confirmed

  • 6 Apr 2022 8:18 AM
  • BudaPost
Hungarian Opinion: Two-thirds Majority for Fidesz – Confirmed
As PM Viktor Orbán secures a record fourth consecutive term in office with a crushing parliamentary majority, partisan commentators offer diametrically opposing explanations of the result of Sunday’s general election.

In Magyar Nemzet, Tamás Toót-Holló interprets the result as a personal victory of the Prime Minister, whose experience in government and in diplomacy as well as his flight of oratory ensured a decisive majority on Sunday. People chose him, he argues, because he inspired a sense of security with his moderate stance over the war in Ukraine while remaining unflinchingly faithful to Hungary’s allies.

In an embittered editorial in Népszava, Péter Németh lambasts the bulk of the population which, as he sees it, turns a blind eye to the government’s misdeeds. He accuses PM Orbán of running a regime based on widespread corruption and ‘teaming up with Putin’. He predicts that, despite the economic difficulties ahead, the population will be duped once again into believing that ‘they live well’.

Fidesz wins two-thirds majority for the fourth time in a row

Both a pro-government and a liberal pundit predict that after Sunday’s landslide Fidesz victory, the opposition alliance will disintegrate.

According to the preliminary results, Fidesz got 53 per cent of the votes and will enjoy another two-thirds majority in Parliament. The opposition coalition received 35 per cent. The radical right-wing Our Homeland party crossed the parliamentary threshold with 6 per cent of the votes.

On Mandiner, Dániel Kacsoh interprets the results as a devastating defeat for the opposition coalition. The pro-government commentator suspects that the opposition will blame its total electoral failure on frontrunner Péter Márki-Zay. In an aside, Kacsoh claims that as the Our Homeland party is likely to pass the 5 per cent threshold, Fidesz will again occupy the centre in Parliament.

On 444, Péter Magyari attributes Fidesz’s landslide victory to the government’s lavish handouts, price caps, propaganda and the voting system that, according to the liberal pundit, enables Fidesz to win even if its supporters do not drastically outnumber the opposition voters. He suspects that the opposition coalition will break up.

Concerning the future, Magyari believes that despite its two-thirds majority in the Parliament, Fidesz will have a hard time managing the economic crisis Hungary must now face.

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