The Fidesz-KDNP party of Prime Minister Viktor Orban has secured 67.84% of the vote in Sunday’s parliamentary election in Hungary, the National Election Office (NVI) has said after counting almost 99% of the ballots.
Orban’s fourth term has ended. Orban is an anti-immigration politician and keeps close ties to Russia. The 58 year old Orban has been in charge of the EU’s top jobs since 2010. He also served as the PM in 1998 and 2002.
Fidesz-KDNP now has 135 seats out of 199 in the new parliament. United for Hungary (six-party opposition coalition) will be holding 56 seats. Right-leaning Our Homeland has seven seats.
The margin with which Orban’s party won exceeded expectation as polls suggested a tight race in the campaign which was overshadowed by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Budapest condemned Moscow’s attack, but did not send any weapons to Kiev. It also said it wouldn’t support any sanctions for Russian oil or gas.
Opposition leader Peter Marki-Zay conceded defeat when 80% of the ballots were counted, blaming his coalition’s poor result on the government’s dominance over the media.
“I don’t want to hide my disappointment, my sadness… We knew this would be an uneven playing field,” Marki-Zay said. “We admit that Fidesz got a huge majority of the votes. But we still dispute whether this election was democratic and free.”
Orban declared himself winner on Sunday night, stating that it was an a “victory so big that it could be seen even from the Moon and certainly from Brussels”Where the EU’s governing bodies can be found.
Orban names Hungarian government’s ‘opponents’
“Brussels bureaucrats, the Soros empire – with all its money – the international mainstream media, and in the end, even the Ukrainian president [Volodymyr Zelensky],” have all teamed up to remove Orban from power, but failed, the PM, who is one the EU’s longest serving leaders, insisted.
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