Conservative wins Hungarian opposition race to face Orbán in 2022

Conservative politician Péter Márki-Zay won the race to become the Hungarian opposition’s joint candidate for prime minister, according to results published late Sunday. 

Many left-wing and liberal opposition supporters backed Márki-Zay, who currently serves as mayor of the southern city of Hódmezővásárhely, in the hope that he could appeal to undecided Hungarians and voters who have become disenchanted with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his ruling Fidesz party.

The 49-year-old father of seven defeated MEP Klára Dobrev from the left-liberal Democratic Coalition in a runoff vote where over 600,000 Hungarians cast ballots in person and online.

Márki-Zay won 56.7 percent of the vote, while Dobrev took about 43.3 percent. On Sunday evening, the MEP

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