A Tale of Two Elections

When Strong Governing Parties Are Facing Fractured Oppositions

10 October 2019

Hungary and Poland are both preparing for elections which will take place on 13 October. Poland’s municipal elections last year can serve as a useful starting point to understand the Polish parliamentary elections and the Hungarian municipal elections.

Both Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz and Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s Law and Justice (PiS) arrive to the upcoming elections as incumbents. However, while Fidesz won every national election since the 2006 municipal elections with a considerable majority, PiS has only been in power since 2015.

The Polish right-wing party registered a considerable victory four years ago, nevertheless, it did not achieve the kind of hegemony that Fidesz did.

Consecutive scandals and clashes with EU institutions meant that ahead of the municipal elections in Poland in 2018 it appeared that the opposition might be able to put up a genuine fight. While the left side of the political spectrum mostly united in the Civic Coalition (KO), the more agrarian opposition of the governing party could find their representatives in the Polish People’s Party (PSL).

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Károly Gergely

Hungarian freelance journalist at Magyar Hang and a reporter for The International Cybersecurity Dialogue. He completed a Russian and East European Studies master's at the University of Oxford and currently serves as a researcher and analyst.

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