Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban Wins Fourth Term

11 April, 2018, 04:57 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Fidesz Dominance       Orban's Fidesz party set to win constitutional majority at elections              Source Hungarian Elections Office

The number of eligible voters in Hungary is 8.8 million.

Fidesz won 133 of parliament's 199 seats, according to results with nearly 99 percent of votes counted, the same as in 2014. It paid off in spades, and with Orban developing a rare knack for connecting with ordinary voters, he duly became prime minister in 1998 at just 35.

Borissov, in his message to Orbán, said: "I highly appreciate the friendly relations between Bulgaria and Hungary and I am confident of the excellent prospects for the development of fruitful co-operation in bilateral, regional and multilateral terms". "Migration is like rust that slowly but surely would consume Hungary", Orban said at his final rally last week.

A keen amateur soccer player, Orban also appeals to many ordinary people with his down-to-earth approach, even though most of his encounters with citizens these days are well-staged and closely guarded events, rather than spontaneous meetings.

Fidesz's campaign against migrants, NGOs and United States billionaire George Soros attracted more voters to Orban.

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen said Orban's victory was yet another rejection of "the change of values and the mass immigration extolled by the European Union".

Today's Hungary brandishes all of the essentials of rightists' authoritarian nation state, the type that proliferated in Europe between the world wars, and indeed fanned the flames that culminated in World War II.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Orban and called for cooperation, her spokesman Steffen Seibert told a news conference.

In the election campaign, Orban drove home the far right's xenophobic, anti-immigration pledges about protecting natives from an onslaught of unsafe and impure outsiders, especially Muslims. The far-right Jobbik Party, which came second in the election and claimed 24 parliament seats, is "a good example" of Fidesz's superiority, the commentator added.

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Also, Orban is an avowed Eurosceptic who opposes further European Union integration.

Hungary's nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Tuesday that his resounding election win, challenged by the opposition, shows that voters want to stop USA billionaire philanthropist George Soros interfering in the country.

The PM will continue to implement his anti-migrant policies throughout his third term in office as he "set the stakes too high", said Mariann Ory, political commentator for the Hungarian Magyar Hirlap paper. Orbán's Fidesz party secured a solid two-thirds majority once again and gained even more supporters over the last four years.

Hoping that Orban suddenly becomes more moderate or "reasonable" may be a pipe dream for the European Union leadership, at least to some extent.

"That's why we drafted and submitted the Stop Soros bill which qualifies immigration as an issue of national security", Orban told state radio before the election. She expects markets to be left unfazed by the election results.

Besides Jobbik and the Socialist-led coalition, only two other factions - former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany's Democratic Coalition and the green Politics Can Be Different party - surpassed the 5 percent threshold needed to form a parliamentary bloc.

During his campaign, Orban refused to speak to independent media or opposing parties.

Hungary's goal should be ethnic homogeneity, says Orban, not western Europe's false multiculturalism that extols diversity at the expense of natives.

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