Hungary Goes to Polls Amid Escalating Anti-Migrant Rhetoric

Image: Viktor Orbán

(From The Guardian)

Voting is under way in Hungary, where the prime minister, Viktor Orbán, is seeking to win a third consecutive term.

After running a campaign almost exclusively focused on the threat posed by migration, Orbán’s Fidesz party is expected to win a majority in parliament. However, a late push for coordination among the opposition, as well a string of corruption scandals around the government has given Orbán’s foes a glimmer of hope.

Voter turnout in the first hours of voting was the highest since 1998. According to the National Election Office, 13.17% of eligible voters had cast ballots by 9am, while in 2006 turnout was 11.39% at the same hour.

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