Hungarian Justice and Life Party

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Hungarian Justice and Life Party
Leader Zoltán Fenyvessy
Founded 15 July 1993
Headquarters Hercegprímás utca 4, 1051 Budapest
Ideology Hungarian nationalism
Political position Far-right
European affiliation None, formerly Euronat
European Parliament group None
Colours Green
Website
www.miep.hu
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The Hungarian Justice and Life Party (Hungarian: Magyar Igazság és Élet Pártja, MIÉP) is a far-right[1][2] nationalist political party in Hungary which was founded by István Csurka in 1993.

At the 1998 legislative elections, the party won 5.5% of the votes and gained parliamentary representation, with 14 seats.

At the 2002 elections, the party won 4.4% of the popular vote and no seats.

In 2005, MIÉP joined forces with a newer, right-wing political party, namely Jobbik (Movement for a Better Hungary). The new political formation was registered under the name the MIÉP-Jobbik Third Way Alliance of Parties. It purported to speak for Christians whilst standing up for the rights of Hungarian minorities in the neighbouring countries. The programme was based on a "law and order" agenda, in order to crack down on crime. Following an acrimonious failure in the 2006 elections the alliance broke up. In the aftermath, MIÉP lost its leadership of the far-right forces in Hungary, with Jobbik going on to achieve success in the 2010 elections.

Csurka died on 4 February 2012, aged 77, after a long illness.[3] He was replaced by former MP Zoltán Fenyvessy.

Parliamentary representation[edit]

Hungarian Parliament[edit]

Election year National Assembly Government
# of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/–
1994 85,431
1.58 % (#10)
0 / 386
Decrease 12 extra-parliamentary
1998 248,901
5.47 % (#5)
14 / 386
Increase 14 in opposition
2002 245,326
4.37 % (#4)
0 / 386
Decrease 14 extra-parliamentary
20061 119,007
2.2 % (#5)
0 / 386
Steady 0 extra-parliamentary
2010 1,286
0.03 %
0 / 386
Steady 0 extra-parliamentary
20142 2,054
0.04 %
0 / 199
Steady 0 extra-parliamentary

1In an electoral alliance with Jobbik, under the name of the "MIÉP-Jobbik Third Way Alliance of Parties", joined by Independent Smallholders’ Party (FKgP) organisations from 15 counties.

2In an electoral alliance with Smallholders' Party.

European Parliament[edit]

Election year # of overall votes  % of overall vote # of overall seats won +/- Notes
2004 72,203 2.35 (#5)
0 / 24

References[edit]

  1. ^ Battle for Hungary's media, BBC, 26 March, 2000
  2. ^ Jeffries, Ian (2002), Eastern Europe at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century: A guide to the economies in transition, Routledge, p. 212 
  3. ^ "Meghalt Csurka István" (in Hungarian). Index.hu. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 

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