Far-right Hungarian party wins 3 EU seats

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June 7, 2009 23:54

The Hungarian far-right Jobbik party won three of 22 seats in European Parliament elections on Sunday. The National Election Office said the main center-right opposition party, Fidesz, has won 14 seats, the governing Socialist Party four seats and the Hungarian Democratic Forum, one. Jobbik describes itself as Euro-skeptic and anti-immigration and wants police to crack down on petty crimes committed by Gypsies. Critics say the party is racist and anti-Semitic. The poor result of the Socialists is linked to the unpopularity of former Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany and to austerity measures introduced to manage the country's deepest economic crisis since the end of communism in 1990.


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