National Assembly (Hungary)

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National Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type Unicameral
Speaker László Kövér, Fidesz
Since 6 August 2010
Deputy Speakers Sándor Lezsák, Fidesz
István Jakab, Fidesz
János Latorcai, KDNP
István Ujhelyi, MSZP
Zoltán Balczó, Jobbik
Seats 199
Current Structure of the National Assembly of Hungary
Political groups


Opposition parties

Voting system Mixed Member Majoritarian
(Parallel voting)
Last election 6 April 2014
Meeting place
The National Assembly sits in the Parliament House in Budapest
Hungarian Parliament Building
Lajos Kossuth Square 1
Budapest, H-1055
National Assembly
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The National Assembly or Diet (Hungarian: Országgyűlés) is the parliament of Hungary. The unicameral body consists of 199 (was 386 between 1990 and 2014) members elected to 4-year terms. Election of members is based on a complex system involving both area and list election; parties must win at least 5% of the popular vote in order to enter list members the assembly (but area winners enter regardless). The Assembly includes 25 standing committees to debate and report on introduced bills and to supervise the activities of the ministers. The Constitutional Court of Hungary has the right to challenge legislation on the grounds of constitutionality. The assembly has met in the Hungarian Parliament Building in Budapest since 1902.


The Diet of Hungary1 (Hungarian: Országgyűlés) was a legislative institution in the medieval kingdom of Hungary from the 1290s,2 and in its successor states, Royal Hungary and the Habsburg kingdom of Hungary throughout the Early Modern period. The name of the legislative body was originally "Parlamentum" during the Middle Ages, the "Diet" expression gained mostly in the Early Modern period.3 It convened at regular intervals with interruptions during the period of 1527 to 1918, and again until 1946.

The articles of the 1790 diet set out that the diet should meet at least once every 3 years, but, since the diet was called by the Habsburg monarchy, this promise was not kept on several occasions thereafter. As a result of the Austro-Hungarian Compromise, it was reconstituted in 1867.

The Latin term Natio Hungarica ("Hungarian nation") was used to designate the political elite which had participation in the diet, consisting of the nobility, the Catholic clergy, and a few enfranchised burghers,45 regardless of language or ethnicity.6 Natio Hungarica was a geographic, institutional and juridico-political category.7

The democratic character of the Hungarian parliament was reestablished with the fall of the Iron Curtain and the end of communist dictatorship in 1989. Today's parliament is still called Országgyűlés just like in royal times, but in order to differentiate between the historical royal diet is referred to as "National Assembly" now.

Since 2010

At the sixth parliamentary elections, four parties or party alliances passed the minimum threshold: the Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union in alliance with the Christian Democratic People's Party (KDNP) (263 seats in common, 227 for Fidesz and 36 for KDNP). Fidesz-KDNP candidates won enough seats to achieve a two-thirds majority required to modify major laws and the country's constitution. The Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) won 59 seats, while its former coalition party Alliance of Free Democrats (SZDSZ) failed to win any seats and became extra-parliamentary after 20 years. There were two newcomers to the Országgyűlés: Jobbik (47 seats) and Politics Can Be Different (LMP) (16 seats). 1 independent (former Fidesz member Oszkár Molnár) got into the Parliament, winning a constituency (Edelény) in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County.

The other prestigious party, the Hungarian Democratic Forum also lost all its seats.

The heads of the factions are:

The new parliamentary session hold the inaugural session on 14 May 2010. The President of Fidesz and Prime Minister is Viktor Orbán. Pál Schmitt served as Speaker of the National Assembly until August 2010 when became President of Hungary. He was replaced by László Kövér.

After the 2010 local elections, held on the 3rd of October, Katalin Szili founded the Social Union and became its first chairperson. As a result, she quit the Hungarian Socialist Party and their parliamentarian group. Continuing the parliamentarian work as formally independent MP.8 Gábor Ivády left the LMP faction on 21 October 2010. Lajos Pősze was expelled from the Jobbik faction and became independent in December 2010 because of his comments distancing himself from the Hungarian Guard Movement. On 22 October 2011 Ferenc Gyurcsány and 9 other lawmakers quit the MSZP and its parliamentary group and founded Democratic Coalition. The new party will not be allowed to form a new party faction until the spring after leaving the Socialist Party faction, parliament’s Constitutional and Procedural Committee decided on 7 November 2011. According the parliamentary rules, any parliamentarian that leaves or is expelled from a party faction must sit as an independent candidate for six months before joining another faction.9

2006-2010 Parliament

At parliamentary elections in 2006, four parties or party alliances passed the minimum threshold: the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) (190 seats), the coalition party Alliance of Free Democrats (SZDSZ) (20 seats), the Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union in alliance with the Christian Democratic People's Party (KDNP) (164 seats in common, 141 for Fidesz and 23 for KDNP), and the Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF) (11 seats) and 1 independent (István Gyenesei) got into the Parliament, winning a constituency in Somogy county.

The heads of the factions were:

The head of the allied faction Fidesz-KDNP was Viktor Orbán. The head of the minority government (since 2008, when SZDSZ left the coalition) was Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány then Gordon Bajnai. The speaker of the Assembly was Katalin Szili (2006-2009) then Béla Katona (2009-2010) of the MSZP.

Speakers of the National Assembly of Hungary

Latest election

e • d Summary of the 25 April 2010 National Assembly (Országgyűlés) elections
Parties Individual votes Regional votes Total votes % Fragmentary votes Constituency seats Regional seats National list seats Total seats
Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union (Fidesz – Magyar Polgári Szövetség) 620,232 2,706,292 3,326,524 52.73 135,592 173 87 3 263
Hungarian Socialist Party (Magyar Szocialista Párt, MSZP) 326,361 990,428 1,316,789 19.30 1,221,523 2 28 29 59
Jobbik (Movement for a Better Hungary) (Jobbik Magyarországért Mozgalom) 141,415 855,436 996,851 16.67 925,252 0 26 21 47
Politics Can Be Different (Lehet Más a Politika) 43,437 383,876 427,313 7.48 471,305 0 5 11 16
Total 1,152,693 5,132,531 6,285,224 96.18 2,753,672 176 146 64 386

2010 election

e • d Summary of the 11 April and 25 April 2010 National Assembly (Országgyűlés) elections
Parties List Votes % Constituencies
1st round
% Constituencies
2nd round
% Seats
Hungarian Socialist Party (Magyar Szocialista Párt, MSZP) 990.428 19.3 1.088.374 21.3 326.361 28.3 59
Jobbik - The Movement for a Better Hungary (Jobbik Magyarországért mozgalom) 855.436 16.7 836.774 16.3 141.415 12.3 47
Fidesz-KDNP 2.706.292 52.7 2.743.626 53.6 629.028 54.6 263
Politics Can Be Different (Lehet Más A Politika,LMP) 383.876 7.5 259.220 5.06 43.437 3.7 16
Independent (Független) 0 0 33.702 0.06 12.452 0.1 1
Total 5,408,050 100.0 5,403,691 100.0 3,239,752 100.0 386

Elections from 1990 to 2006

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Members (since 1990)


  1. ^ András Gergely, Gábor Máthé: The Hungarian state: thousand years in Europe (published in 2000)
  2. ^ Elemér Hantos: The Magna Carta Of The English And Of The Hungarian Constitution (1904)
  3. ^ Cecil Marcus Knatchbull-Hugessen Brabourne (4th Baron): The political evolution of the Hungarian nation: (Volume I. in 1908)
  4. ^ John M. Merriman, J. M. Winter, Europe 1789 to 1914: encyclopedia of the age of industry and empire, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006, p. 140, ISBN 978-0-684-31359-7
  5. ^ Tadayuki Hayashi, Hiroshi Fukuda, Regions in Central and Eastern Europe: past and present, Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, 2007, p. 158, ISBN 978-4-938637-43-9
  6. ^ Katerina Zacharia, Hellenisms: culture, identity, and ethnicity from antiquity to modernity, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2008, p. 237 ISBN 978-0-7546-6525-0
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  8. ^ Szili Katalin kilépett az MSZP-frakcióból
  9. ^ Parliamentary committee tells Gyurcsány to wait until April to form new faction
  10. ^ "View of Parliament (2nd round)". Retrieved 2010-04-12. 
  11. ^ "TOPLIST (2nd round)". Retrieved 2010-04-12. 

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