Hungary’s center-right leads in elections, Socialists in 2nd ahead of far-rightBy AP
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Hungary’s center-right leads voting, far-right 3rd
BUDAPEST, Hungary — Preliminary official results show Hungary’s center-right Fidesz party has taken a commanding lead in the first round of parliamentary elections.
The National Election Office says the party led by former Prime Minister Viktor Orban got 52.8 percent of the votes in Sunday’s first round, followed by the governing Socialist Party with 19.3 percent.
Jobbik, a far-right party with anti-Gypsy and extreme nationalist agenda got 16.7 percent, over three times as much as any other far-right party since the country’s return to democracy from communism in 1990.
Runoffs will be held April 25 in districts where no candidate has obtained at least half of the ballots.