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Orban challenger in Hungary mobilizes thousands in rare demonstration in government stronghold

DEBRECEN, Hungary — A rising challenger to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán held what he called the largest rural political demonstration in the country’s recent history on Sunday, the latest stop on his campaign tour that has mobilized thousands of people in Hungary’s rural heartland .

Some 10,000 people gathered in Debrecen, Hungary’s second-largest city, in support of Péter Magyar, a political newcomer who has risen to prominence in less than three months thanks to promises to end troubles as an official corruption and a declining quality of life in the country. the Central European country.