Bulgaria-Born Klara Dobrev Faces Orban in Hungary

Hungarian politician Klara Dobrev, 49, whose father is Bulgarian, proved to be a major candidate in the opposition's attempt to oust Prime Minister Viktor Orban in next year's elections. This is shown by the partial results of today's internal elections, Reuters and BNR reported.

If the parliamentary vote succeeds, Klara Dobrev could become the country's first female prime minister.

Governing, Not Winning, Seen Greater Test for Hungary’s United Opposition

Hungary survived the spring wave of the virus virtually unscathed, with very low casualties, though at a high economic price. Polls in the summer showed that Fidesz actually increased its support by 5 per cent, or 400,000 voters. However, it all fell apart in the autumn, when voters found the government's response to the second, more serious wave wonting.

Hungary’s Sundry Opposition To Unite Against Common Enemy

The presidents of the opposition parties - including the liberal Democratic Coalition, the Socialists, the young emerging Momentum, the leftist-liberal Dialogue, the greenish LMP and the former radical rightist Jobbik - have agreed to nominate only one candidate in each of the 106 individual constituencies.

Democracy Digest: Sex, Drugs and Hungarian Elections

Fidesz campaign manager Lajos Kosa explained his party's disappointing results with the telling words: "Democracy still exists in Hungary."

Gellert Rajcsanyi, editor of conservative weekly Mandiner — which belongs to the government-funded Central European Press and Media Foundation — went further.

Hungary to Hold Parliamentary Election on April 8

Hungary will hold its 2018 parliamentary election on April 8, President Janos Ader said in a statement released through state news agency MTI on Thursday, quoted by Reuters.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz party holds a comfortable lead over the main opposition, the nationalist Jobbik party, based on the latest opinion polls. The Socialists are a distant third.