Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been victorious in his re-election campaign beating out his opponents to remain in the top job.
Over 94 per cent of the votes have been counted with the Orban led Fidez party claiming 53 per cent of the votes, while the opposition trailed behind at only 35 per cent. Orban has been the Hungarian PM since 2010 with this latest victory set to see him in power for another term.
After his win, he addressed his followers in Budapest by claiming it was “a huge victory” and that “they can see it from the moon, but certainly from Brussels as well”. His reference was in relation to several opponents of the Hungarian parliament which include “Brussels bureaucrats … the international media and the Ukrainian President”.
The Fidez party has so far claimed 135 out of 199 seats in the Hungarian Parliament. Their opposition, United for Hungary, is made up of all six opposing parties who chose Peter Marki-Zay as their collective representative; however, he was unsuccessful in his election bid.
After the results came through Marki-Zay conceded defeat however suggested that the election wasn’t without interference on Orban’s part.
“We will stay in this country, stand up for each other, hold hands and won’t let each other go,” he said.
“Hard times are coming, regardless of the election results,
“We know that they will blame us, we will be the scapegoats, so it’s more important than ever to hold each other’s hand and not let go.”
It is reported by the BBC and claimed by the United for Hungary party that Orban has isolated Hungary from the rest of Europe, as well as democracy, fairness, and decency. He has reportedly rewritten the constitution, changed the electoral system as well as placed several Fidez representatives in Hungarian courts.
Although, Orban has appointed more than 200 international observers to monitor the election in Hungary as well as several thousand volunteers from different political parties within Hungary to promote fairness and equality.
Fidez party is largely right-wing while United for Hungary represents the left-wing.