HEADLINE Hungary's Orban wins re-election, gets super majority

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Hungary's Orban wins re-election, gets super majority

By Yu Yang | People's Daily app

07:25, April 09, 2018

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, shown on April 6, won Sunday’s election. (Photo: Reuters)

Budapest (People’s Daily) -- Speaking from Hungary’s parliament building at midnight, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said his "decisive” re-election and his Fidesz party’s apparent super-majority victory over parliament was “an opportunity to defend Hungary.”

With more than 80 percent of the votes counted, Orban's Fidesz party had the lead with 49.29 percent, while nearest rival, Gabor Vona of the Jobbik party had 19.94 percent.

Rounding out third was Socialist party leader Gergely Karacsony with 12.19 percent of the vote, according to officials form the National Election Office.

Election officials said nationwide voter turnout was just under 70 percent, higher than the country’s last voter turnout of 61.73 in 2014.

Once the polls closed on Sunday, Parliamentary faction leader Gergely Gulyas said that Hungary would now have a “strong, legitimate parliament.”

Orban’s controversial campaign focused on xenophobia and a repeated conspiracy theory that claimed the European Union,

United Nations and wealthy philanthropist George Soros wanted to turn Hungary into a “immigrant country,” which struck a nerve with rural voters.

Orban gave a brief speech to his cheering supporters after preliminary results were announced with a clear message: “We won.”

“We created the opportunity to defend Hungary. A great battle is behind us. We have achieved a decisive victory.” Orban headed a Fidesz-led coalition government during a four-year period beginning in 1998 before returning to power in 2010.

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