Left gets re-election in Hungary general polls
Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany's leftist coalition won the first round of Hungary's general elections.india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 05:07 IST
Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany's leftist coalition won the first round of Hungary's general elections and inched closer to a historic re-election, but a run-off will decide the final outcome.
The Socialists (MSZP) won 43.3 per cent of the vote while their coalition partners, the liberal Free Democrats, collected 6.3 per cent, according to results published on Sunday by the National Electoral Commission with 96 per cent of votes counted.
The main conservative opposition Fidesz party of former premier Viktor Orban won 42.2 per cent in the legislative vote, the first since Hungary joined the European Union in 2004.
No governing party has won re-election in Hungary since transition from communism to democracy in 1989.
"Hungary did something it has never done since transition, it said the governing coalition can continue to govern," a beaming Gyurcsany told cheering supporters at the Socialist campaign headquarters in Budapest.
"Any way I look at the numbers, I see that MSZP won the first round of elections," he said.
But the election is not over, Gyurcsany conceded, as he convened supporters to a rally near the national parliament in the start of a fierce campaign leading up to the second round.
The small conservative Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF) party could weigh in heavily in the final outcome of the second round.