published: 2018-05-13 10:08:33
(8 May 2018) Hundreds of protesters chanted outside Hungary’s Parliament on Tuesday as lawmakers gathered inside for their first session since the April 8 elections which saw Prime Minister Viktor Orban win his third consecutive and fourth overall term.
The crowd was able to reach the parliament building after police unexpectedly suspended the closure of Kossuth Square, where the legislature is located.
With chants like “Orban Get Lost” and “Democracy”, the protesters were expressing their dissatisfaction with the election in which Orban’s Fidesz party won a two-thirds majority and will be able to change the constitution unchallenged.
Since the election, Orban has stuck to his near-exclusive campaign issue – his opposition to immigration, especially by Muslims – and his vow to “safeguard Hungary’s security and Christian culture”.
Another protest, expected to attract thousands of people, is planned for late afternoon.
During the session in parliament, the 199 newly elected deputies will take their oath and President Janos Ader will recommend that the lawmakers re-elect Orban as Prime Minister.
The date of the vote on Orban’s election and when the new government will take office has yet to be determined.
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