Hungary and Serbia leaders poised to win Sunday’s election
Stay tuned for all the latest developments, election results and reactions as Hungarians and Serbs head to the polls in Sunday’s election.
Hopes have faded for opposition parties ahead of Sunday’s elections in Serbia and Hungary, with longtime leaders Viktor Orban and Aleksandar Vucic poised to win.
- With little hope of winning Sunday’s presidential or parliamentary elections, and amid complaints that voting conditions are even worse than in 2020, the Serbian opposition is pinning its hopes on the capital.
- In the presidential race, current President Aleksandar Vucic, whose Serbian Progressive Party, SNS, has ruled a country for more than a decade, is expected to win more than 50% of the vote and thus triumph in the first round.
- The legislative elections will be extraordinary, since the previous ones in 2020 were boycotted by the majority of the opposition, leaving Serbian parliament unopposed.
- Contrary to the legislative and presidential elections, the opposition still has a chance to impose itself in the capital, where 1,600,214 citizens have the right to vote and 12 lists are in contention. Voters will elect 110 councilors to the Belgrade Assembly, who will then elect the mayor.
- Polls in Hungary point to a fourth straight victory for Prime Minister Viktor Orban but a united opposition, the war in Ukraine and concerns over the direction Orban’s Fidesz party is taking have added a thrill of excitement to the race.
- The atmosphere ahead of the vote was tense: lies, fake news and toxic propaganda abound, and in the week before the election both sides were already accusing each other of voter fraud.
- Government allied pollsters regularly to predict a comfortable lead of 5 to 7% for the government over the united opposition. However, the forums in the many media loyal to the government reveal a certain anxiety, even total panic, in the ranks of Fidesz.