Hungary calls general elections and a referendum on Orban's homophobic law for April 3

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The Hungarian ‘premier’ will try to maintain the majority with which he has governed since 2010, although the polls point to a technical tie with the opposition bloc

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.Laszlo BaloghAP
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Hungary will hold ordinary legislative elections on April 3 in which the prime minister, the utranationalist Viktor Orban, will try to maintain the majority with which he has governed since 2010 against a coalition that brings together the entire opposition, from the left to the far right.

The president of the country, Jnos the, set the date of the elections, ensuring that it is the earliest they can be held, according to current legislation.

The appointment coincides with a referendum called by the Government on a law passed last year that relates homosexuality to pedophilia, and which has been harshly criticized by the European Union.

The Executive, which argues that the law only seeks to protect minors and that they are not indoctrinated with information about homosexuality or sex change, has made this law its new nationalist workhorse, accusing the EU of wanting to meddle in how parents educate their children and in national affairs.

Orban has governed with a two-thirds majority since 2010 (with some brief pauses) with which he modified the Constitution in 2011 and the electoral law in 2013.

The opposition, which was sharply divided for a decade, has now decided to join forces to try to defeat Orban, with a joint list led by conservative independent Pter Mrki-Zay.

Surveys predict a technical tie between Fidesz, Orban’s party, and the opposition bloc, although the number of undecided is up to a third of the electorate.

In the elections the almost 8 million Hungarians with the right to vote elect 199 deputies for four years who, once the Parliament has convened, vote for the Prime Minister and his Government.

It will be the ninth elections since the end of the communist dictatorship in Hungary. and the fifths since the country’s entry into the European Union.

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