Hungary votes, expected to grant third term to nationalist PM Orban

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Hungary ruling Fidesz party is unlikely to win a two-thirds parliamentary majority, Fidesz's parliamentary group leader Gergely Gulyas told private broadcaster ATV after Sunday's election produced a higher-than-expected turnout.

Fidesz is seeking a third consecutive term in office and has won 49.15 percent of votes, with more than 64 percent of votes counted, according to the NVI, which said turnout had reached 68.80 percent.

After an acrimonious campaign in which Orban projected himself as a savior of Hungary's Christian culture against Muslim migration into Europe, all opinion polls put his Fidesz party well ahead.

The surge in turnout was thought to likely favour the opposition Jobbik, a far-right party that has been moving towards the centre, and the centre-left Socialists.

"Figures show that it will be an election with a high voter turnout". The outcome could affect the unity of the European Union. He had always voted for Fidesz and praised Orban's policy to support families.

Some pollsters said voter turnout above 70 percent could signal that the opposition was mobilizing supporters efficiently, and might even deprive Fidesz of its parliamentary majority. "But this is not the time to sit back", Mr Vona said after voting in his home city of Gyonygyos in northern Hungary.

Voting at the same polling station, kindergarten nurse Szilvia Nagy said: "I would like to change the government, because I desire a nicer future".

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Analysts say his policies could have a long-lasting impact on the European Union. Vona said the question was not about migration into Hungary but about the large number of Hungarians who were leaving the country and heading to Western Europe in search of higher wages and better prospects.

The EU has struggled to respond as Orban's government has used its two landslide victories in 2010 and 2014 to erode democratic checks and balances, by curbing the powers of the constitutional court, controlling the media, and appointing loyalists to key positions. He is also credited with keeping the budget deficit under control, reducing unemployment and some of Hungary's debt, and putting its economy on a growth track.

At a final campaign rally Friday, he urged his voters to turn out in masses on electio day.

The fierce anti-immigrant campaign has gone down well with around two million core voters of Fidesz.

Orban is expected to continue his economic policies, with income tax cuts and incentives to boost growth, analysts have said. She would not reveal her voting preference.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party is expected to win the majority of the 199 parliamentary seats, with Vona's Jobbik and a left-wing alliance of the Socialist Party and the Dialogue party led by Gergely Karacsony considered the leading challengers.

Orban's strong win could boost other right-wing nationalists in Central Europe, in Poland and in neighboring Austria, and expose cracks in the 28-nation EU.

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