published: 2018-04-14 09:14:48
(9 Apr 2018) Hungarians had mixed reactions on Monday to Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s victory after he was re-elected to a third consecutive term.
Some said they felt the win was not moving Hungary forward while others said they were happy with his victory and pledges to tackle migration.
Orban campaigned heavily on his unyielding anti-migration policies.
He repeated his theory of a conspiracy between the opposition and the United Nations, the European Union and wealthy philanthropist Soros to turn Hungary into an “immigrant country,” threatening its security and Christian identity.
With 98.5 percent of the votes counted, Fidesz and its small ally, the Christian Democrat party, together had secured 133 of the 199 seats in parliament, the minimum needed for a two-thirds majority.
The right-wing nationalist Jobbik party placed second with 26 seats, while a Socialist-led, left-wing coalition came in third with 20 seats.
The win is Orban’s fourth overall. He headed a Fidesz-led coalition government during 1998-2002 before returning to power in 2010.
Critics said they feared Orban will use his third consecutive term and the Fidesz party’s two-thirds control of Hungary’s national legislature to intensify his attacks on migration and to strengthen his command of the country’s centralised power structure.
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