In Local Elections, Hungary’s Opposition Punctures Orban’s Air of Invincibility

Prime Minister Viktor Orban, center, during a Fidesz party press conference after nationwide local elections, Budapest, Hungary, Oct. 13, 2019 (MTI photo by Szilard Koszticsak via AP).
Prime Minister Viktor Orban, center, during a Fidesz party press conference after nationwide local elections, Budapest, Hungary, Oct. 13, 2019 (MTI photo by Szilard Koszticsak via AP).

Hungary’s populist prime minister, Viktor Orban, and his right-wing Fidesz party incurred significant losses in local elections earlier this month, as opposition candidates won control in 11 of the country’s 23 major cities, unseating several Fidesz-backed incumbents. In an email interview with WPR, Péter Krekó, executive director of Political Capital, a Budapest-based policy research and consulting institute, explains how opposition parties were able to notch so many wins against Fidesz and why, in addition to a setback for his party, the elections were a personal blow for Orban. World Politics Review: What allowed so many opposition candidates to unseat incumbents […]

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