2010 Hungarian parliamentary election

Hungarian parliamentary election, 2010

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All 386 seats to the Országgyűlés
194 seats needed for a majority
Turnout64.36% and 46.52%
 First partySecond party
 Orban Viktor Portrait.jpgMesterházy Attila 2009-12-14.JPG
LeaderViktor OrbánAttila Mesterházy
Leader since17 May 200310 July 2010
Last election164 seats, 42.03%192 seats, 43.21%
Seats won Fidesz 227, KDNP 36
Seat changeIncrease 99Decrease 133
Popular vote2,706,292990,428
SwingIncrease 10.70%Decrease 23.91%

 Third partyFourth party
 Vona Gabor.jpgSchiffer András (VEHÍR).jpg
LeaderGábor VonaAndrás Schiffer
Leader since25 November 20062009
Last election0 seats, 2.20%
Seats won
Seat changeIncrease 47New party
Popular vote855,436383,876
SwingIncrease 14.47%

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Map showing winning parties
  seats won by Fidesz-KDNP (173)
  seats won by MSZP (2)
  seat won by independent candidate (1)

Prime Minister before election

Gordon Bajnai

Subsequent Prime Minister

Viktor Orbán

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Parliamentary elections were held in Hungary on 11 and 25 April 2010 to choose MPs for the National Assembly.[1] They were the sixth free elections since the end of communist era. 386 members of parliament were elected in a combined system of party lists and electoral constituencies.[2] The electoral law does not allow all adult citizens to stand for being elected unless they can validate 500 signatures of other citizens supporting their candidacy.

In the first round of the elections, the conservative party Fidesz won the absolute majority of seats, enough to form a government on its own.In the second round Fidesz-Christian Democratic People's Party (KDNP) candidates won enough seats to achieve a two-thirds majority required to modify major laws and the country's constitution.


Fidesz's landslide victory was a result of massive dissatisfaction with and voting in protest against MSZP, the Hungarian Socialist Party, which had been in government since 2002, and it was one event and its consequences especially that provoked resentment: in 2006 Ferenc Gyurcsány, the contemporary Prime Minister of Hungary, delegated by MSZP, made a private speech in front of MSZP party members, in which he, although generally outlining a direction to a new beginning and a moral paradigm change in day-to-day policy making, admitted to having been lying to the general public in different matters through a prolonged time during the campaign running up to the previous election, which had resulted among others in his reelection. This speech surfaced in the press in the Autumn of 2006, and resulted in nationwide protests.

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