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Fidesz blocks extraordinary session

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

As the governing party obstructs the opposition’s call for an extraordinary session on extending postal voting to temporary absentees, commentators debate whether the current rules are discriminatory. READ MORE

Two thirds majority for Fidesz confirmed

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The count of votes sent by mail from around the world confirmed on Saturday that the Fidesz-KDNP alliance will retain its two thirds majority in Parliament. A left-wing analysis takes it for granted that the Prime Minister will not refrain from making full use of his overwhelming power in the new National Assembly, while a right-wing analyst suggests that the victors should show moderation. READ MORE

Ruminations on electoral rules

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

A left-wing columnist accuses the government indirectly of electoral fraud for devising a new electoral law tailor-made to favour Fidesz. The leading left-wing daily, however, also warns against blaming the defeat of the opposition on the new electoral system. A centrist analyst points out that although the new set of rules was somewhat more favourable to Fidesz than the previous ones, with the actual numbers of votes cast for its candidates, the incumbent government would have won under any democratic electoral system. READ MORE

Fidesz wins, may retain two-thirds majority

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Commentators across the political spectrum agree that the left has been shattered and will need to completely reinvent itself after another huge defeat. Conservative columnists maintain that the overwhelming support legitimizes all the reforms and policies introduced by the Orbán government in the past four years. READ MORE

A gloomy left-wing electoral analysis

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

A prestigious left-wing commentator believes the electoral law forces the Socialists and their allies to wage an uphill struggle, but blames them for underperforming in the campaign. READ MORE

Mesterházy’s criticism of the electoral system

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

A moderately conservative analyst argues that the Socialist leader should not have evoked left wing precedents in his criticism of the new electoral rules, as the present government has followed in the footsteps of a previous Socialist-led coalition. READ MORE

Voter registration annulled on formal grounds by Constitutional Court

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Analysts ponder the message and the wider implications of a first decision by the Constitutional Court to strike down mandatory voter registration. READ MORE