Voters in the second round of a by-election held in Budapest’s up-market 2nd district on Sunday selected Fidesz district mayor Zsolt Lang to represent them in parliament.
Lang won the ballot with 58.45 percent on a turnout of just over a third (34.16pc) of all eligible voters in the district. In the first round held two weeks ago Lang secured a majority but turnout at 39 percent was too low for the result to be declared valid.
The by-election had to be called because MP Istvan Balsai, representing the 2nd district’s 50 thousand voters in parliament, had been elected in June as constitutional judge, a post which is incompatible with being a lawmaker.
The opposition initially cast the election as high-stakes due to their stated desire to “dismantle the Fidesz two-thirds”.
Opposition parties fielded big guns in the hope of unseating Lang, who has headed the 2nd district’s municipality for the past five years. Lang became mayor of the well-healed district in the 2006 general election, and in 2010 he won a seat in the national parliament.
In the Sunday ballot Katalin Levai of the Socialists came second with 30.55 percent and Gergely Karacsony of LMP third with 6.45 percent.