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RMDSZ Head Says Cross-Border Votes for Fidesz More About Feelings Than Money

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Hunor Kelemen thinks that ethnic Hungarians across the border approve of the Orbán government’s national policy, which they confirmed with nearly 94% of their votes going to the Fidesz-KDNP party list.

The chair of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ) told Magyar Nemzet how the ruling parties managed to snag the vast majority of the mail-in votes from cross-border Hungarians in this year’s parliamentary election.

He mentioned that the number of mail-in votes from Transylvania increased by 24% compared to the previous election in 2018, and that more people cast their vote in Hungarian consulates as well. This means that interest in how Hungary measures up has increased, which he considers a good sign.

Hunor Kelemen believes that the turn towards national politics over the past decade cannot be explained by money. Duel citizenship and the feeling of belonging are matters of the heart, he said. These changes are more about feelings than money, which is something he thinks the Hungarian opposition does not understand.

He also said that the two-thirds victory by Fidesz was important because it gives a high legitimacy to the Hungarian government in a difficult and changed European and global political environment. Kelemen is also confident that the formation of a new Hungarian government will give new impetus to bilateral relations.

[Magyar Hang][Photo: Hunor Kelemen / Facebook]

Posted in 2022 Elections