Orban says huge election win 'an opportunity to defend Hungary'
Apr 12 2018
While Mr Orban's win was undeniable, the exact size of his margin of victory was not clear early on Monday due in part to Hungary's complex electoral system, in which voters cast ballots for both an individual candidate in their region and another for a party list.
Orban's clampdown on nongovernmental organizations also is based on his belief that only elected officials have the right to be involved in politics.
"It's very clear that there are controversial topics in our cooperation", Steffen Seibert told reporters in Berlin on Monday, flagging disagreement especially over Hungary's response to the refugee crisis and its refusal to accept an European Union system to distribute migrants. At end of his speech, Orban led the crowd in singing a song from the country's 1848 revolution, "Long Live Hungarian Freedom".
Gyula Molnar, president of Hungary's main left-wing opposition party, the Socialist Party, tendered resignation after a crushing defeat by Orban'sFidesz party.
Hungary's nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Tuesday (Apr 10) that his resounding election win, challenged by the opposition, shows that voters want to stop U.S. billionaire philanthropist George Soros interfering in the country. "Within those, we will do everything that serves the interests of the Hungarian people".
They include what critics call the erosion of media and judicial independence, as well as its crackdown on civil society organisations linked to liberal US billionaire George Soros.
The new laws could make it hard for groups working with asylum-seekers to continue their activities in Hungary.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Orban, pledging that her country will be a "reliable partner" for Budapest, despite differences, her spokesman said. "For me, these two relations will be the favored relations in the future".
Viktor Orban, leader of Hungary's far-right Fidesz party was reelected prime minster after his party won a supermajority in Hungary's parliament, the Washington Post reported.
Asked about possible changes in Hungary's policy toward Germany, Orban said: "We would like to establish continually improving relations with every country ..."
Government influence on the media was palpable in Sunday's broadcast by state television M1 news channel, where reports highlighting the negative effects of migration dominated the programming. "Thank you for the contribution to making political opinion on the Hungarian election".