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Hungary's right-wing dominates EU polls

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(BUDAPEST) - Hungary's right-wing Fidesz party swept to victory in European Parliament elections on Sunday, ahead of the far-right Jobbik party who overtook the Socialists to come second.

Just two months after a convincing victory in national elections, the Fidesz party of Prime Minister Viktor Orbantook an even more commanding win in the EU poll with 51.5 percent of the vote.

But turnout was poor at 29 percent -- the second-lowest ever for European polls in the country.

Orban's party will send 12 MEPs to the Strasbourg parliament, taking up over half of Hungary's 21 seats.

In a victory speech, Orban said the victory margin was bigger than any other member of the European People's Party (EPP) grouping in Brussels, which is on track to take the most seats overall.

"We have won again, and scored our biggest victory. Now go to Europe and never forget that Hungary comes number one, if we remember that, we can be great again," he told a victory rally.

The far-right Jobbik party's vote fell from around 21 percent in the general election last month to 14.7 percent on Sunday, giving it three seats, the same as in 2009.

But it marked the first time Jobbik had overtaken the Socialists, who won 10.9 percent and two seats.

Three smaller centre-left parties also crossed the five percent threshold for winning mandates. The Democratic Coalition won two seats, while Together 2014-Dialogue for Hungary and Politics Can Be Different took one seat each.

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