Hungary's right-wing party leader is hopeful

Hungary's right-wing party leader is hopeful

With strong support heading into today's elections though, the Fidesz Party could gain the two-thirds majority required to make constitutional changes.

The government has been accused by of using anti-Semitic stereotypes in its relentless campaign against Soros, who is Jewish.

At 0700 GMT, turnout was 13.17 percent, a new record in Hungary's post-communist elections.

Parliamentary faction leader Gergely Gulyas said Sunday after polls closed that Hungary would have a "strong, legitimate parliament".

"People may not even vote for their favourite party or candidate but rather for the one with biggest chance" to defeat Fidesz, said Jobbik leader Gabor Vona.

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Hungary's ruling Fidesz party was facing calls for an inquiry into alleged electoral irregularities after the Telegraph revealed how the country's diplomatic corps was being pressed into finding negative immigration stories to boost Viktor Orban's re-election campaign. Current PM Viktor Orbán and his Fidesz Party are widely expected to retain their majority for the third consecutive election cycle. It has been campaigning on an anti-corruption agenda and urged higher wages to lure back hundreds of thousands of Hungarians who had left Hungary to earn a better living in western Europe.

According to the National Election Office, 2.35 million voters had cast ballots by 11am local time, or 29.93 percent of those eligible.

Orban's election campaign focused on his staunch anti-migration policies despite opinion polls suggesting that many Hungarians are actually more anxious about other social concerns such as poverty, corruption and improving funding for the country's ailing health care system.

High turnout may ultimately also hurt smaller opposition parties, because it would raise the number of votes needed to reach the 5 percent threshold to get into parliament.

Orban, who voted with his wife at a Budapest school near their home, told a crowd of reporters that he will "respect the decision" of the Hungarian voters.

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The leader of Hungary's right-wing nationalist Jobbik party says he expects a "surprise" result in the parliamentary elections.

"This is when all those who want a change of government ... ask all those who have yet to vote to by all means go and vote".

Analysts say the strong participation could point either to a sweeping win for Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party or a strong showing by splintered opposition groups.

"We love our country and we are fighting for our country", he said. Another 93 seats will be distributed based on votes for entire party lists.

Around 7.9 million Hungarians are eligible to vote and turnout figures will be closely watched for any clues of a possible upset.

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