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Orban says election is about 'Hungary's future'

Orban says election is about 'Hungary's future'

Even if Fidesz does gain its expected parliamentary majority, analysts will be watching to see whether it falls short of the two-thirds "supermajority" that has enabled it to pass some of its most controversial bills. That was the highest turnout figure at that time since at least 1998.

Predictions on whether Orban's message resonated with voters were complicated by the exceptionally high turnout, last-minute deals between some of left-wing opposition parties and a complex electoral system that allows citizens to cast two votes.

Mr Orban claims the opposition - collaborating with the United Nations, the European Union and wealthy philanthropist George Soros - wants to turn Hungary into an "immigrant country", threatening its security and Christian identity. Preliminary results are expected in the evening before midnight.

Polls officially closed at 7 p.m., but anyone waiting in line at that time has the right to vote and could therefore still cast their ballot.

Voter turnout in Hungary's parliamentary election reached 68.13 percent by 1630 GMT on Sunday, exceeding final turnouts in all the past three elections, National Election Office data showed.

Hungary started general elections on Sunday to elect a 199-seat parliament, which could make the current Prime Minister Viktor Orban succeed in a third straight term.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has cast his vote in the parliamentary election, saying the ballot is about "Hungary's future". Opposition parties are keen to make sure Mr Orban's bloc does not sweep to a super-majority in which the autocratic leader could easily push through constitutional changes.

If Orban wins again, he is expected to continue his economic policies, with income tax cuts and incentives to boost growth.

Mr Orban has campaigned heavily on his unyielding anti-migration policies, though voters claim they are more concerned with poverty, government corruption and the country's underfunded health care system.

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Long lines of voters were reported also at the Hungarian embassies in London and Paris.

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

Pollsters think a high turnout could benefit the opposition.

But he added that since all parties, including Fidesz, had mobilised intensively, it did not necessarily mean Orban was threatened with defeat.

Boros said in a tweet: "The Hungarian political landscape will dramatically change today".

On Origo.hu, a formerly independent website now owned by government allies, stories promoted Orban while also focusing on migration, The headlines included "Migrant gangs fought in England", "They can't stand it anymore in Sweden: They've had enough of migrants", and "A migrant in underpants beat a German retiree half to death".

"This is a country which has always stepped up for itself, so we can trust in the people, I will accept their decision", he said.

Jobbik's Mr Vona urged his supporters not to become complacent.

A woman said she didn't vote for the ruling party.


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