BUDAPEST — Hungary’s center-right Fidesz party, led by Viktor Orban, won a two-thirds parliamentary majority yesterday, the National Election Office said.
With 97.2 percent of the ballots counted, Fidesz was projected to have 263 seats in the 386-seat legislature, five more than the 258 seats needed to control two-thirds of the parliamentary mandates.
“We can promise that we will strive to deserve this trust,’’ Lajos Kosa, one of Fidesz’s main politicians, told a crowd celebrating the victory in downtown Budapest.
Fidesz already had won the right to form the next government in the first round of elections April 11, but the two-thirds majority will allow it to pass legislation without having to secure support from the opposition.
The now-governing Socialist Party will have 59 deputies in the next parliament, followed by the far-right Jobbik with 47, and a green party, Politics Can Be Different, with 16. There will be one independent deputy.
Fidesz has pledged to reduce bloated national and local government payrolls.