Hungary: Fidesz, the centre right landslide
26 April 2010
“Conservative Victor Orbán to govern Hungary as his party, Fidesz, crushes left wing opponents,” leads Gazeta Wyborcza. Having won more than two-thirds of the Hungarian parliament’s 386 seats, centre-right Fidesz now has the absolute majority required to bring amendments to the constitution, as well as electing a new president. Far-right Jobbik won 47 seats. Central Europe has not seen such landslide support since 1989, the Warsaw daily notes, with Orbán’s power now comparable to “the times of communist János Kádár”. Gazeta attributes the victory to eight years of socialist government marked by corruption, ineptitude and arrogance. Orbán, however, now faces the challenge of healing an ailing economy and rebuilding public faith in government.