Hungary: surprise defeat for Viktor Orbán in bellwether byelection


With only weeks to go before a general election, the result in Hódmezővásárhely could spell trouble for the prime minister

Hungary’s ruling party has suffered a shock defeat in a local byelection, spelling potential challenges ahead for the prime minister, Viktor Orbán, with only weeks to go before a general election.

Orbán, known for his fierce anti-migrant, populist rhetoric, will seek a third consecutive term in an election on 8 April.

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