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Is the tide turning in Hungary?

by IdiotSavant Mon Oct 14th, 2019 at 02:04:13 AM EST

Over the past decade, Hungary has become an increasingly authoritarian "illiberal democracy", as Prime Minister Victor Orbán has used his political dominance to stifle opposition. But they had local body elections today, and the tide may be turning:

The candidate backed by several opposition parties has been elected mayor of Budapest, in a blow to nationalist prime minister Viktor Orbán's Fidesz party.

With 74% of the votes counted in Budapest, Gergely Karacsony was leading Istvan Tarlos by 50.1% to 44.8%. Shortly after, Tarlos, the ruling party incumbent, conceded defeat on Sunday night.

"On the national level the result is nice but in Budapest, there is thinking to be done," Tarlos told a news conference flanked by Orbán, the prime minister. "Budapest made the decision to elect Gergely Karacsony today."

Despite Tarlos's reference to the national picture, opposition parties were also projected to win mayoral races in around 10 of the country's 23 largest cities in nationwide local elections. In 2014, they won just three of those races.

Local body elections aren't the same as national ones, but it suggests Hungarian voters are finally sick of Orbán. Hopefully they'll get a proper chance to throw him out in 2022.


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IIRC, DoDo has lamented the opposition's lack of ability to stand united. So this looks like a step forward.
by fjallstrom on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 07:46:43 AM EST
Sadly, that means standing united with Jobbik... But yeah. Strange bedfellows.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 12:50:28 PM EST
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One problem with national elections is the millions of "Hungarians" in countries like Romania, who may vote in elections without ever having lived there (unlike other countries that let expats vote, like the US). I've no idea of their voting patterns, but I wouldn't be surprised if they vote for Orban, no matter what a mess he makes of Hungarian politics. I presume this isn't an issue in local elections.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 12:57:50 PM EST
As with climate, it may be cities which make the necessary changes happen.  After Copenhagen, Christiana Figueres and others focused on cities to deal with climate which set up the groundwork and momentum for the Paris Agreement, such as it is.

Putin has been having problems with the city elections in Moscow and other places.  Órban now with Budapest.  Good.  May Duterte begin having problems with the Manila city elections and Bolsonaro with Rio and Sao Paolo.  Let the cities lead the way to a more nearly functioning polity and a little more democratic control.

Solar IS Civil Defense

by gmoke on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 06:51:10 PM EST


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