Orban lists Zelensky, Soros as ‘opponents’ — Analysis
Hungary’s Viktor Orban, fresh from winning a fourth term as prime minister in Sunday’s election, said his party was victorious despite facing interference from left-wing forces at home and “opponents”All over the world, Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine and George Soros, a billionaire activist in politics.
“We have such a victory, it can be seen from the moon, but it’s sure that it can be seen from Brussels,” Orban told supporters on Sunday night, alluding to his party’s clashes with EU leaders. “We will remember this victory until the end of our lives because we had to fight against a huge amount of opponents.”
Those forces included not only Hungary’s own opposition parties, he said, but also “Brussels bureaucrats, the Soros empire – with all its money – the international mainstream media, and in the end, even the Ukrainian president. We never had so many opponents at the same time.”
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Fidesz, Orban’s Fidesz-led alliance has defeated a six party opposition bloc in Sunday’s elections. With over 90% of the votes counted it is expected to win enough seats in parliament for another constitutional supermajority.
“The entire world can see that our brand of Christian democratic, conservative, patriotic politics has won,” Orban declared.
Orban was depicted as a “strange” candidate in the lead-up to the election. “pro-Putin” by opponnets and Western media outlets, after he resisted pressure to take a stronger stance against Russian President Vladimir Putin over Moscow’s attack on Ukraine.
On the eve of the election, Zelensky took time out from defending against Russia’s military offensive to complain that Orban had failed to condemn Putin or aid Kiev’s war effort. “He is virtually the only one in Europe to openly support Mr. Putin,” Zelensky claimed.
Orban attempted to avoid the conflict with Hungary by saying that sending arms to Ukraine would make him a target for Russian reprisals. Also, he has refused pressure to sanction Russian natural and oil gas. He stated that Hungary doesn’t have other sources to fulfill its fuel needs.
“This isn’t our war, we have to stay out of it,”Orban made these remarks during Friday’s campaign rally. He also said that “Zelensky is not voting today,”And that “Putin isn’t running in the Hungarian elections.”