Hungarian Elections 2006
The chances of smaller partiesCurrently, there are four parties in the Hungarian Parliament. A Parliament of many parties has been a tradition since the Democratic Transition in 1990. Back then, the Parliament consisted of even more parties, with many different values, of which only four remain today, the two smaller ones, SZDSZ and MDF, being only a shadow of their former selves. What will happen to the two first governing parties of Hungary in 2006?
It is very hard to point out where SZDSZ and MDF lost their strong pool of voters. After the first elections, the winning MDF was forced to make a pact with SZDSZ to be able to maintain order in the country. This resulted in the alienation of the Hungarian voters from both parties. From the next elections on, they started to lose importance, having only supported the growing major parties, MSZP and FIDESZ. This degradation may end in 2006.
MDF and SZDSZ might not even get five percent of the votes in April, the minimum required to get into the Parliament. And even if they do, the major parties might not be interested in carrying a burden of an argueing small party with different values, simply to get their six or seven percents in the second turn of the elections. All in all, it is possible that in the next four years, and even afterward, there will only be two parties in the Hungarian Parliament. This "natural selection" would also mean that Hungary will not require a separate liberal or another nationalistic party.
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