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The 2006 Parliamentary Election

Ervin Csizmadia

Deutsche Fassung


For the first time since the first free elections in 1990, a Hungarian government has been confirmed in office. The reason for this is the governing MSZP’s successful communication policy and an election campaign centred on the person of Minister President Ferenc Gyurcsány. By contrast, the strategy pursued by the opposition FIDESZ party to create a right-wing coalition around its chairman, Viktor Orbán, has failed. In the coming years, the government will be unable to get around far-reaching economic reforms, while the opposition faces considerable upheaval in terms of personnel and programme.

(Osteuropa 5/2006, pp. 75–86)