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Hungary PM Orban a strong favourite in parliamentary elections

Published on Apr 6, 2014 6:43 PM

BUDAPEST (AFP) - Hungarians voted on Sunday in elections that looked set to see political bruiser Prime Minister Victor Orban coast to victory after four turbulent years that have seen him labelled both saviour and autocrat.

Opinion polls indicate that the only questions were whether Mr Orban, 50, can retain his two-thirds parliamentary majority and if the far-right Jobbik might beat a wobbly centre-left opposition alliance into second place.

"I hope we will see a strong turnout today because that will facilitate having a strong government in place," Mr Orban said as he voted in an overcast Budapest on Sunday morning.

Surveys in 10 million-strong Hungary put the Fidesz party, created by Mr Orban and other like-minded young student liberals in the dying days of Communism in the late 1980s, on a commanding 46 to 51 per cent.

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