Hungary’s ruling Fidesz-KDNP party alliance lost its dominant two-thirds majority in parliament after it lost a by-election in the town of Veszprem on Sunday (22 February).
The result could hamper Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s efforts to make amendments to the constitution or pass other major legislation, which require the support of more than 66% of the house to go through.
Orbán was reelected for a second consecutive term in 2014. But support for his Fidesz party has eroded in the past few months.
The seat turned vacant after Tibor Navracsics, a former deputy prime minister and foreign minister from Fidesz, was appointed European Commissioner last year.
In an update posted on his Facebook page, 51-year-old Orbán thanked Fidesz supporters and said the result was a warning sign that Fidesz “cannot sit on its laurels”.
An independent candidate supported by the leftist opposition, Zoltan Kesz, won 42.66% of the votes in the by-election in Veszprem in western Hungary. Fidesz candidate Lajos Nemedi got 33.64%.