Orbán’s party consolidated its absolute majority in all of them, and Fidesz managed to increase its popular support among the poorest village communities and in many small cities.
The country seems divided into two non communicating fractions. While Budapest and most major cities will be governed in the next 5 years by local administrations linked to the opposition, Fidesz has been informally building a one-party system in the countryside. At the 2014 municipal elections, single candidates for mayor office occurred in less than 400 out of the 3100 Hungarian municipalities. This time, their number has risen to an unprecedented almost 1000, which means that 30 years after the 1989 democratic transition, the notion of multiparty system and pluralism in rural Hungary has lost much of its original content, as only “officially approved” local candidates are encouraged to run for office.
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