Orban Trails Opposition in Poll as Primary Mobilizes Voters

Orban Trails Opposition in Poll as Primaries Mobilize Hungarians

Hungary’s first-ever opposition primary mobilized voters, helping the united bloc widen its lead over Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling party, a poll showed.

Six opposition parties that have banded together had a cumulative 40% backing among eligible voters, compared with 34% for Orban’s Fidesz party, Telex news website reported on Monday, citing a Republikon poll. Another poll by Median showed the opposition tied with Fidesz at 37%, news website said.  

The week-long primary runoff kicked off on Sunday, with the winner poised to be the opposition’s pick for premier if Orban is ousted from power in elections likely to be held in April.

The runoff pits Klara Dobrev, a European Parliament vice president, against Peter Marki-Zay, a conservative city mayor. 

Both have pledged to undo Orban’s consolidation of power, including by voiding a constitution approved over opposition objections.

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