April 8, 2018 / 9:32 PM / a year ago

Hungary PM Orban re-elected with strong mandate: preliminary data

Current Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his wife Aniko Levai leave a polling station during Hungarian parliamentary election in Budapest, Hungary, April 8, 2018. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling Fidesz party was re-elected on Sunday for a third successive term with a strong mandate, with preliminary results showing Fidesz possibly gaining a two-thirds majority in parliament.

With 74.6 percent of votes counted, National Election Office data projected Fidesz winning 134 seats in the 199-seat parliament. Nationalist Jobbik was projected to win 26 seats, with the Socialists in third place with 20 lawmakers.

Reporting by Gergely Szakacs and Krisztina Than; editing by Andrew Roche

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