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Hungarian parliamentary elections - 2014

A parliamentary election will be held in Hungary on 6 April 2014. It will be the first election according to the new Constitution of Hungary which went into force on 1 January 2012. The new electoral law also entered into force that day. For the first time since Hungary's transition to democracy, the election will have a single round. The voters will elect 199 MPs instead of previous 386 lawmakers.
The new law shifts the election system towards the majoritarian principle, thereby threatening future election results to become even more disproportional when comparing mandate proportions in Parliament to proportions of votes cast for party lists.
Due to new rules of election, a record number of parties and candidates run into this elections. As a total, 84 political parties and movements were registered but only 18 parties can field a national list. Candidacy for 199 MP seats reached also a new record, 1531 people has been accepted after completion of the registration process.
Zoltan Horvath, 05 April 2014

Right Wing and Irredentist Flags

Hun Szövetség (Associations of the Huns) red flag and Hatvannégy Vármegye Ifjúsági Mozgalom (Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement) green flag at <> and at <>, <> and <>.
Irredentist flag at <> and old irredentist flag at <>.
István Molnár
, 25 February 2006

Many other flags are used by the right wing:
- Magyar Csodaszarvas Egyesület - Hungarian Heavenly Deer Association
- Transylvanian Coat of Arms and Hungarian Great Coat of Arms on flags. See also here.
- Irredentist flag
- The TURUL on the Árpád-stripes (The TURUL is the Hungarian mythic bird - see the Coat of Arms and flag of Tatabánya)
- 'VESSZEN TRIANON! (DOWN WITH TRIANON) (TRIANON means Treaty of Trianon 1920)
- Remember Trianon
- NON-EU flag
- The borders of Hungary before Trianon Trety on black flag
- The white flag of the Hatvannégyvármegye Ifjúsági Mozgalom - Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement
István Molnár, 23 March 2006

Here are more informations about the right-wing and irredentist flags from Hungary:  
Flag with Arpad stripes 

image by Tomislav Todorović and Mladen Mijatov, 9 August 2006

This flag can be seen at <>, <> and <>.
Tomislav Todorović, 9 August 2006

Modified flag with Arpad stripes

image by Tomislav Todorović and Mladen Mijatov, 9 August 2006

A flag with three white stripes on red field was seen in some places in Vojvodina, Serbia, in autumn 2004, on concerts of Hungarian rock band Ka'rpa'tia, which turned into nationalist and irredentist rallies. In some texts which appeared in Serbian press afterwards and contained photos of this flag, it was said that the flag was brought from Hungary, but that it is banned there. This flag can also be seen at  <>, <> (in centre of the image, only partly visible, with an unrecognizable black emblem superimposed) and <> (in upper left corner of the image, with a black emblem superimposed, which might be that of the Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement).   At the Hungarian Justice and Life Party site <> such a flag is also shown behind the party emblem.
Tomislav Todorović, 9 August 2006

The NY Times had a photo of Hungarians demonstrating at the anniversary of the 1956 revolt (and against the present government). A flag is shown. The dexter side of the national Coat of Arms is barry of eight red and white (the arms of Árpád) but this flag is barry of seven.
Albert S. Kirsch, 24 October 2006

According to <>, this is a symbolic "flag of Dinasty of Arpads", used by extremist-rights hungarian nationalists movements before WWII. The numbers of the stripes can be modified.
At <>, Mr.Zoltan Simon wrote: "...Gabor Kuncze, president of the junior coalition Free Democrats party, also questioned the presence at Fidesz rallies of extremists waving the red-and-white-striped "Arpad" flag used by Hungary's pro-Nazi government during World War II.. "Why does (Fidesz) not say during its rallies that these flags have no place there, that those protestors should get the hell out of there? What we see is not only the responsibility of Fidesz but the tactics of Fidesz," Kuncze said in parliament..."
At <> it is written: "One thing to notice is that these are not really Hungarian national flags. These are the red and white "Arpad Stripe" flags. Originally flown by the tenth century nomadic Hungarians, the Arpad Stripe was only revived as a symbol in 1944, under the Nazi Arrow Cross junta that took over Hungary after the German Nazis kidnapped Hungary's "not-right-wing-enough" regent Admiral Horthy. In the early 1990's skinhead groups revived the striped white and red flag. Very simply, flying it means the same as flying a swastika does in Germany..."
Mikhail Revnivtsev, 25 and 29 October 2006

According to a wire by AP (Associated Press) agency, published on 11 December 2006 by "The International Herald Tribune", the right-wing party Movement for a Better Hungary announced it would adopt the Arpad Stripes flag as its party flag.
The party claimed  it was unfair to identify the "Arpad-Stripes flag" with the former Arrow Cross Party, which killed tens of thousands of Jews in late 1944 and early 1945, because the pro-Nazi party never used it as an official symbol. "Our aim is to make the Arpad Stripes mean something different to people from their current meaning," Movement leader Gabor Vona said. "Unfortunately, it is true ... the flag has a negative connotation for most people, but we want to rehabilitate it."   "If someone waves Arpad-Striped flags in Hungary today ... they must know that they are waving a symbol of the Arrow Cross," said Balint Magyar, a former education minister and now chairman of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research.
The "Arpad-Stripes flag"  was resurrected by the Arrow Cross, led by Ferenc Szalasi, which is linked to the Holocaust, in which some 550,000 Hungarian Jews were killed. The Arrow Cross' official flag showed two double-ended arrows in a cross inside a white circle on a red background. It is banned in Hungary, along with other symbols such as the communist red star and the Nazi swastika. However, the Arpad-Striped flag in not a banned symbol. Recently, some demonstrators have used the flag in anti-government protests.
Ivan Sache, 16 December 2006

The flags of the Arrowcross Movement (1944) was red flag with the green arrowcross with or without 4 white stripes (red/white/red/white/red/white/red/white/red). The stripes were de facto banned in 1949-1989, as well as the Hungarian Coat of Arms was banned too! You know the two symbols of the 1956 revolution: The flag with hole (cut the 'Rákosi-CoA') and the Hungarian historical Coat of Arms (without the crown). After the Communism era, Hungary renewed the Coat of Arms. n the early 90s many people used the Arrowcross flag with stripes without arrowcross. Neo-Nazis used them too. Using the original Árpád stripes is a new thing. People on demonstrations or national holidays use also many other historical flags - 1848 military flags, 1956 flags etc....
People who use these flags are not necesserally Nazis or right-wing supporters - also patriotic, liberal or conservative people use them.
István Molnár, 19 September 2006

See also: Árpád House Flags

White flag of Sixty-four Counties Youth Movement 

Photos at <> and <>. The emblem of the movement, which appears on both of their flags, can be seen at  <>.
Tomislav Todorović, 9 August 2006

Election Flag of István Tarlós 2006

image by István Molnár, 6 September 2006

Municipal elections will be on 1st October 2006. István Tarlós independent is a probable candidate for the lord mayor of Budapest. István Tarlós is the independent mayor of Budapest III. district from 1990. Here is his election flag. "Független" means Independent, "Fopolgármester" means lord mayor, "jelölt" means candidate.
István Molnár, 6 September 2006