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Hungary PM Orban savours election victory while far right makes further gains

Published on Apr 7, 2014 4:17 PM
 
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban smiles as he addresses supporters after partial results of parliamentary elections are announced in Budapest on April 6, 2014. Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban savoured on Monday a decisive election victory that gives a European Union leader accused of undermining democracy four more years in power, while the far-right made further gains. -- PHOTO; REUTERS

BUDAPEST (AFP) - Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban savoured on Monday a decisive election victory that gives a European Union leader accused of undermining democracy four more years in power, while the far-right made further gains.

"We can say with absolute certainty that we won," the right-wing and rabble-rousing Mr Orban, 50, told jubilant, flag-waving supporters in Budapest on Sunday night. "These elections were free. Organised in a free country."

Final results and the distribution of seats in Parliament were still not in, but with some 99 per cent of votes counted, Mr Orban's Fidesz party was on 44.5 per cent and the far-right Jobbik on 20.5 per cent.

The rickety opposition alliance of the centre-left led by Mr Attila Mesterhazy was in distant second place with 26 per cent, almost 20 percentage points behind Mr Orban's party, the results showed.

 
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