Viktor Orban: Hungary PM set for re-election, results show

Clay Curtis
April 9, 2018

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses the supporters after the announcement of the partial results of parliamentary election in Budapest, Hungary, April 8, 2018.

"Dear friends, there's a big battle behind us, we secured a historic victory - we got a chance, we created a chance for us to protect Hungary", Orban told a crowd of cheering supporters in the capital, Budapest on Sunday evening.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban had declared victory after preliminary results show his anti-migrant party is projected to win a commanding majority in the country's key parliamentary elections.

Hungary's National Election Committee reported after counting 80.76% of the votes that the ruling coalition that includes the Fidesz - Hungarian Civic Union party led by Orban and the Christian Democratic People's Party is heading for a victory at the elections to the National Assembly (parliament) and receives a constitutional two-thirds majority in the parliament.

The election produced a turnout of around 70 per cent, exceeding the past three votes.

A poll by Zavecz research institute published on Friday showed Fidesz had 46 percent support among decided voters, while Jobbik had 19 percent.

Clad in a green jacket and white shirt, Jobbik leader Gabor Vona, 39, arrived to vote in the eastern city of Gyongyos, his home town and the district where he is likely to win a seat.

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He seized the moment when on January 12 2015, he said immigration into Europe should be largely halted after Paris attacks launched by Islamist extremists. "That's the Hungarian stance".

"It has basically been a single-issue campaign, based on the spectrum of the "invading hordes of Muslim refugees" being held back by a fence that he's built on the southern border", said Hull. Since then his government has enacted a series of laws to control migration, and his tough measures have been sharply criticised by the United Nations.

Ahead of the vote, the prime minister had called on voters to "save Hungary". "The EU is in Berlin, in Budapest, in Prague and in Bucharest".

He is credited with keeping the budget deficit under control, reducing unemployment and some of Hungary's debt, and putting its economy on a growth track.

The anti-immigration campaign has gone down well with numerous roughly two million core voters of Fidesz.

Mr Orban has promised to cut income taxes and pass pro-growth economic policies.

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