Hungary's strongman Viktor Orban wins third term in power

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban attends the last campaign event of his Fidesz party in the town of Szekesfehervar

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban attends the last campaign event of his Fidesz party in the town of Szekesfehervar

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's ruling Fidesz party has pointed to the high turnout as a sign that Hungarian democracy is healthy, but the increased turnout could give Orbán something to worry about: numerous voters waiting in line in Budapest were young, and young, city-dwelling Hungarians do not tend to support the prime minister.

Parliamentary faction leader Gergely Gulyas said Sunday after polls closed that Hungary would have a "strong, legitimate parliament".

What are Viktor Orban's policies? A splintered opposition and Hungary's complex electoral system make it hard to predict the expected margin of victory for Fidesz.

Orban's main challengers are Gabor Vona's nationalist Jobbik party and a left-wing alliance of the Socialist and Dialogue parties led by Gergely Karacsony. "Safety is first", said Julia Scharle, 27, holding her child outside the voting district where Orban cast his vote.

Orban is favored to win a third consecutive mandate, with polls showing support for his Fidesz party roughly equal to the combined opposition.

Two smaller leftist parties, DK and LMP, won nine and eight seats respectively.

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Opposition leaders said they were encouraged by high early turnout.

"We love our country and we are fighting for our country", he said.

National Election Office figures indicated that 63.2 percent of eligible voters had cast ballots by 5 p.m. (1500 GMT) on Sunday.

The election produced a turnout of around 70 percent, exceeding the past three elections. Opposition parties are keen to make sure that Orban's bloc does not sweep to a supermajority in which the autocratic leader could easily push through more constitutional changes.

"Today will decide whether Hungary becomes an emigrant country or not - and I wouldn't like Hungary to be an emigrant country", Vona said. Right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban's hardline approach to migrants has grown stronger over the years.

Boros said in a tweet: "The Hungarian political landscape will dramatically change today". As Radio Liberty writes, according to official data, as of 15:00 local time, more than 53.6% of voters voted - this is the highest turnout rate for this hour since 2002.

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"We are convinced that high turnout definitely reflects. that people want a change in government", Socialist spokeswoman Bernadett Budai was quoted as saying by national news agency MTI.

But he's unlikely to repeat the landslide wins of the past two elections as a resurgent - if still divided - opposition has sought to capitalize on widespread claims of cronyism and intimidation. "Alongside high voter turnout, the country will have a strong, legitimate parliament".

"I will take part in mobilising the voters".

While voters were no longer allowed to join queues at polling stations as of 1700 GMT, those already in line will be allowed to cast their ballots, a process that can take hours at the busiest polling stations.

Gabor Vona of the nationalist Jobbik party urged his supporters not to become complacent.

Vona said: "I feel a surprise and a Jobbik breakthrough can be expected in the election".

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