Viktor Orban’s Fidesz wins crucial two-thirds majority in Hungary


Hungary’s ruling Fidesz-KDNP alliance has won the general elections on Sunday, receiving 134 seats in the parliament, with 98.96 % of the votes counted.

Hungary’s incumbent Fidesz-led alliance appears set for a two-thirds majority in parliament with 98.96 percent of the votes counted:
1. Fidesz-KDNP 48,86% (134 seats)
2. Jobbik 19,36% (25 seats)
3. MSZP-Parbeszed 12,26% (20 seats)
4. LMP 6,88% (8 seats)
5. DK 5,54% (9 seats)

Small left-liberal opposition party reached only 0.64%, but won in one of the individual constituencies. One independent candidate, and a representative of the German minority also receives 1-1 seat.

“Hungary is the country of the brave that made clear to the whole of Europe on Sunday that they want honest and clear speech and want to call the problem plaguing this continent by its name,” Prime Minister Viktor Orban told commercial Echo TV early on Monday. Assessing the victory of his Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance in Sunday’s general election, Orban noted that in the lead-up to the vote, he had urged voters to understand that the election could decide Hungary’s fate “for decades to come”.

“I was certain that we were doing it right,” Orban said. “So, if we are straightforward and speak clearly, if we don’t back down … then this nation — when there is danger — will pull itself together and turn out in great numbers and demonstrate a unified will to the world.” “The result is such a success that there is a serious weight of responsibility on my shoulders,” the prime minister said.

The Hungarian government will use the “unprecedented support” of voters demonstrated in its victory in Sunday’s parliamentary election to ensure “security for the Hungarian people”, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told public television M1 on Monday morning.

The European Union is unable to find a solution to the migration crisis and “Brussels is trying to make member states handle the security of their own citizens less than a top priority,” Szijjarto insisted. The Visegrad countries, therefore, have decided to continue in the negotiations concerning the United Nation’s migration pact and make an attempt to implement changes to that plan “from inside”, he said.

“In light of the 2018 election results, nobody should question public support behind the migration policy of the Hungarian government,” Szijjarto said.

Fidesz spokesman Janos Halasz told the same broadcaster that his party “did not anticipate such a sweeping victory, but we are very happy about it”. The two-thirds majority enables the government to accept the “Stop Soros” law package, submitted in March, possibly as soon as in May, Halasz said. The “task is great … we have to continue fighting migration, but in the meantime, life goes on, taxes will fall and wages rise,” Halasz said.

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