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Hungary's far-right Jobbik party makes significant gains in rural areas, fails in Budapest

  • Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers a speech after incumbent mayor of Budapest Istvan Tarlos and candidate of the ruling centre-right Fidesz party won the mayoral election in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. Orban's Fidesz was the clear winner in Sunday's nationwide municipal elections, with the left-wing opposition making only some gains in Budapest and candidates from the far-right Jobbik party winning in several rural cities. (AP Photo/MTI, Szilard Koszticsak)

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers a speech after incumbent mayor of Budapest Istvan Tarlos and candidate of the ruling centre-right Fidesz party won the mayoral election in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. Orban's Fidesz was the clear winner in Sunday's nationwide municipal elections, with the left-wing opposition making only some gains in Budapest and candidates from the far-right Jobbik party winning in several rural cities. (AP Photo/MTI, Szilard Koszticsak)  (The Associated Press)

  • Incumbent Mayor of Budapest Istvan Tarlos and candidate of the ruling centre-right Fidesz party, left, celebrates after he won the mayoral election as Hungaryian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, second right, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto, third from left, applaud following local elections in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. Orban's Fidesz was the clear winner in Sunday's nationwide municipal elections, with the left-wing opposition making only some gains in Budapest and candidates from the far-right Jobbik party winning in several rural cities. (AP Photo/MTI, Szilard Koszticsak)

    Incumbent Mayor of Budapest Istvan Tarlos and candidate of the ruling centre-right Fidesz party, left, celebrates after he won the mayoral election as Hungaryian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, second right, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto, third from left, applaud following local elections in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. Orban's Fidesz was the clear winner in Sunday's nationwide municipal elections, with the left-wing opposition making only some gains in Budapest and candidates from the far-right Jobbik party winning in several rural cities. (AP Photo/MTI, Szilard Koszticsak)  (The Associated Press)

The far-right Jobbik party has made significant gains in rural areas in Hungary's municipal elections, where it has become the main challenger to Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party.

Jobbik, led by Gabor Vona, won elections in 14 mostly smaller cities and towns on Sunday, while another six independent winners ran with the party's support. In 2010, they won in only 3 cities.

While remaining far behind Fidesz, especially in Budapest, Jobbik is now second in all but one of Hungary's 19 county assemblies, an important foundation looking ahead to the next national elections, set for April 2018.

Analyst Kornelia Magyar says that with the success they achieved all over the country, "Jobbik is now a party at the national level and they continue to have potential for growth."