Hungary's Orban to seek European Union of strong nations after landslide re-election

Hungary elections Prime Minister Viktor Orban declades victory

Orban's Fidesz party won by a large majority - 134 of the 199 seats in parliament - gaining over 67 percent of the votes in Sunday's parliamentary election. The result would grant Orban's government a "supermajority", giving it the power to amend the constitution.

As Mr Orban promised to push ahead with reforms, his campaign was criticised as "xenophobic" by official worldwide election monitors yesterday after Mr Orban demonised refugees as "Muslim invaders" and warned of a Jewish conspiracy to dilute Hungary's Christian identity.

"I'm pleased with the election victory, it's once again a very clear win for Viktor Orban", Horst Seehofer, German federal interior minister, told reporters in Munich.

Fidesz's nearest challenger Jobbik, a far-right party that has recently moved towards the political centre, polled just under 20 per cent. She tweeted that "nationalists" could win a majority in 2019 European Parliament elections. The party's disappointing performance prompted party president Gabor Vona to announce his resignation. With nearly all of the results counted from the vote on April 8th, Fidesz appears likely to have won a two-thirds super-majority, with 133 of the chamber's 199 seats-enough to alter the country's constitution all by itself.

"The people of Hungary have voted yesterday and the European Union is a union of democracy and values", the European Commission spokesman added. State media in Hungary is widely supportive of Oban and opposition voices were sidelined in the runup to Sunday's election.

The left-wing Greens slammed the EPP for backing and congratulating Orban when Hungary is facing legal action from the EU and the European Parliament is investigating whether Budapest is living up to its rule of law obligations.

The victory could embolden Orban to put more muscle into a Central European alliance against EU migration policies, working with other right-wing nationalists in Poland and Austria, and further expose cracks in the 28-nation bloc.

Orban accuses Soros and the organisations he funds of promoting mass Muslim and African immigration into Europe in order to undermine its Christian identity. He has also railed against what he refers to as meddlesome global institutions, such as the United Nations and NGOs.

The EU has launched a battery of legal action against Orban's government, taking it to the bloc's top court over a crackdown on education and foreign-backed civil society groups that critics say targets U.S. billionaire George Soros.

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