Hungary's ruling Socialists win election

April 24, 2006 at 7:00 AM
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BUDAPEST, Hungary, April 24 (UPI) -- Hungary's ruling Socialist party won parliamentary elections Sunday and could again form a coalition government with Liberals, Belgrade B92 radio said.

With 98 percent of the votes counted, the Socialist party of former communists, led by Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurscany, in the second round Sunday and in the first round two weeks ago, won 186 deputy seats, or about 48 percent in the 386-seat parliament.

The Liberal alliance of Free Democrats won 18 seats and together with the Socialists would have 204 seats in the country's parliament.

On the right-wing opposition side, the Alliance of Democratic Youth, or Fidesz, of the former Prime Minister Viktor Orban, won 164 seats, and the Hungarian Democratic Forum took 11 seats, Belgrade radio-television said.

These were the fifth parliamentary elections since the collapse of communism in 1989, and the Socialist-Liberal coalition became the first government in Hungary to win two consecutive terms.

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