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Hungarian Anti-Immigration Prime Minister Viktor Orbán Wins Re-Election With A Landslide

10 Avril 2018

Global observers on Monday raised concerns about Hungary's general election, saying cooperation between Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's party and state institutions made it hard for opponents of the prime minister to compete with him on a level playing field.

Hungary's right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a strong Eurosceptic who campaigned on an anti-immigration platform, has claimed a landslide victory in the country's general elections.

The radical nationalist Jobbik party was in second place with 20 percent of the vote, while a Socialist-led coalition took 12.2 percent.

Morawiecki tweeted that "the path of reform is never easy" but that "the support of the majority of society shows that this effort is worth making".

Hungary's remaining independent media, the courts that have made numerous rulings the government did not like and a university founded by Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros, also are among Orban's likely targets.

The leadership of the right-wing nationalist Alternative for Germany proclaimed the result of the Hungarian election to be "a good day for Europe". However, it has attempted in the recent period under leader Gabor Vona to present a more moderate face. Visibly so: At various press conferences on Sunday night, the party leaders and top candidates came across as utterly disappointed, even largely disoriented as they expressed personal contrition, desperately searched to explain their failures and directed accusations at Orban.

Orban, who was elected to his third consecutive term, started to speak out against immigration following a mass migration in 2015 coming through Hungary's southern border with Serbia.

In the parliamentary elections in Hungary, held on 8 April, were not provided equal competitive opportunities for the opposition parties.

"How could we have children in this country, where hate and racism are now officially part of the governing party's policy?" she said.

The holder of the EU's rotating presidency, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, also appealed for Hungary's cooperation.

Election monitors said the vote was marred by media bias and xenophobia.

Maarten Rabaey, in his article for Belgian De Morgen, also cautioned Orban's European allies to take a tougher stance against him for "undermining European values". Orban is also pursuing his stated goal of turning Hungary into an "illiberal state" modeled on countries like Russian Federation and Turkey. "We do not want to see a significant minority among ourselves that has different cultural characteristics and background".

The Jobbik Party's foreign affairs chair, Marton Gyongyosi, blamed Orban for overreliance on the migrant issue during the "hysterical" election campaign.

At the same time, Sunday's national vote was - unheard of before in Hungary's post-Communist history - a referendum of sorts on Orban's migration policies. As one of the brightest stars in newly democratic "new" Europe, Orban co-founded Fidesz and anchored it firmly in the centre right with a focus on family and Christian values.

"We are grateful for the observations", he said. It said the technical administration of the election had been transparent.

Several years ago, Orban's government built a border fence to stem the flood of hundreds of thousands Middle Eastern immigrants who were fleeing ISIS violence.

Hungarian Anti-Immigration Prime Minister Viktor Orbán Wins Re-Election With A Landslide