Hungary PM Orban's Fidesz loses by-election

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Posted: Feb 23, 2015 2:14 AM

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's ruling Fidesz-KDNP party alliance lost its two-thirds majority in parliament after it lost a by-election in the town of Veszprem on Sunday, according to results posted on the National Election Office's website.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban was re-elected for a second consecutive term in 2014 with a two-thirds majority in parliament. But support for his Fidesz party has been eroded in the past few months.

An independent candidate supported by the leftist opposition, Zoltan Kesz, won 42.66 percent of the votes in the by-election in Veszprem in western Hungary. Fidesz candidate Lajos Nemedi got 33.64 percent.

(Reporting by Krisztina Than)