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Secret Tape Hits Anti-Orban Opposition’s Momentum in Budapest

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Viktor OrbanPhotographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

A secret recording threatened to throw a wrench into an election campaign in Hungary as the opposition to Prime Minister Viktor Orban appeared to close a gap in polls in the race for mayor of Budapest.

Gergely Karacsony, the joint opposition candidate to lead Budapest, is heard on an audio tape appearing to complain about corruption and power struggles within the Socialist Party, one of the groups backing him. The recording was first published on YouTube before being picked up by others including the powerful media outlets loyal to Orban.