Hungarian elections set for April 3: Presidential election news

With a united opposition coalition, Prime Minister Orbán faces his toughest competition since taking power in 2010.

Hungarian President Janos Adel sets parliamentary elections for April 3 Referendum on LGBTQ issues It will take place on the same day, the president’s office said.

For the first time since coming to power in a landslide in 2010, conservative nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his Fidesz will face a united front of the opposition in what will lead to a close campaign.

Voters will decide whether he should continue his policies that prioritize national sovereignty, traditional Christian values ​​and stances against immigration and LGBTQ rights — issues that have soured relations between Orbán’s government and EU leaders in Brussels.

The opposition coalition includes the Democratic Alliance, the Socialist Party, the Liberals and the formerly far-right, now centre-right consists of Peter Makizai, who in 2018 ended years of Fidesz rule in the farming town of Hodmezovasarhely, where he is now mayor.

Marki-Zay said he has the ability to cultivate a broad base of voters hungry for change, but he faces the challenge of maintaining his six-party coalition, which is now neck and neck with Fidesz in the polls.

On election day, Hungarians will be asked to vote on four government questions on LGBTQ issues, as Orbán presents himself as a defender of traditional family values ​​as a key part of his campaign.

In the referendum, voters will be asked whether they support sexual orientation workshops in schools without parental consent, and whether they believe gender reassignment procedures should be “promoted” among children.

They will also be asked whether children should be shown unrestricted media content that could “affect” sexual orientation.

Although critics charge that Orban’s centralist policies have Leading Hungary to Authoritarianism.

His supporters say he has reformed Hungary after decades of stagnation and has upheld the national sovereignty and Christian identity of the central European Union member.

The 58-year-old is also known for his tough anti-immigration policies since 2015, joining Poland as a fierce critic of EU policy in this and other areas.

In the last elections in 2018, Orban’s Fidesz and its junior coalition partner, the Christian Democrats, won about 48 percent of the vote, taking 133 of the 199 seats in parliament.

The result means Fidesz retains the “absolute majority” of two-thirds it won in 2010 and 2014, allowing it to push major bills through parliament.

But Hungary’s general election was unpredictable for the first time since 2006, as the opposition teamed up to oppose election rules set by Orban in 2012 in favor of Fidesz.

In October, the six-party opposition coalition from left to right held its first-ever primaries, choosing a single challenger in all 106 constituencies against Orbán and Fidesz.

Orban that month Blame Brussels and Washington Attempts to interfere in Hungarian politics ahead of parliamentary elections.

He told thousands of supporters at a rally in downtown Budapest that Washington and billionaire george soros They are trying to use their money, media and internet to get the left-wing opposition elected.