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Warning from Hungary as fascists and right gain in election

Issue No. 2197

The first round of the Hungarian elections last weekend saw a devastating victory for the right wing.The fascist Jobbik party also made major gains.

Preliminary results saw the Fidesz party winning 206 seats in the 386-member parliament, with the ruling Socialists being virtually wiped out with just 28 seats.

Jobbik is set to grab 28 seats, though the final allocation is not decided until the next round of voting on Sunday 25 April.

The Socialists had pushed through huge spending cuts, worsening the effects of the recession on the population.

People were also still angry about former Socialist prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsany’s admission in 2006 that he had lied to get re-elected.

Jobbik, a Nazi party, was formed in 2003. Its virulent anti-Roma and antisemitic propaganda and rallies have seen racist attacks rise—and its vote shoot up.

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Tue 13 Apr 2010, 18:51 BST
Issue No. 2197
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