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Budapest Mayor Quits Primary, Upends Race to Challenge Orban

Gergely Karacsony

Gergely Karacsony

Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

The mayor of Hungary’s capital city upended the political opposition’s primary to pick a challenger to face Prime Minister Viktor Orban by quitting the race to set up an unexpected runoff.

Budapest Mayor Gergely Karacsony, until recently considered a front-runner, stepped aside on Friday and endorsed Peter Marki-Zay, a conservative city mayor in southeastern Hungary ahead of a week-long runoff that starts next week.