Ecologist Gergely Karácsony (44 years) leads the opposition list in front of the power candidate, incumbent mayor Istvan Tarlos (71 years).
Surveys give the two competitors a tie, and a victory in Budapest could count towards the 2022 legislative elections.
Mayor of a Budapest neighborhood, Gergely Karácsony is targeting the capital’s mayoralty, traditionally more liberal than the rest of the country. A left-leaning environmentalist, he has gathered around him socialists, center politicians, and liberals. Its program includes the construction of social housing, but also free of charge in public transport for children. Europeans convinced he could run against Orban in three years.
Istvan Tarlos is mayor of Budapest since 2010, for Fidesz, who ran a very aggressive campaign, accusing Gergely Karácsony of turning the city into a circus.
Local elections are held in 3,600 localities of the country and, according to experts, for the first time after 10 years, Viktor Orban’s party is not sure of a crushing victory.