WORLD Hungarians stage anti-government rally in Budapest

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Hungarians stage anti-government rally in Budapest

Reuters

23:56, April 14, 2018

Several thousand Hungarians protested in Budapest on Saturday against what organizers said was an unfair election system that gave Prime Minister Viktor Orban another landslide victory at the polls after a “hate campaign” against immigrants.

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban smiles during an international press conference in the Parliament building in Budapest, Hungary Tuesday, April 10, 2018. (Photo: AP)

Orban won a third straight term in power in Sunday elections after his anti-immigration campaign message secured a strong majority for his ruling Fidesz party in parliament, granting him two-thirds of seats based on preliminary results.

In a Facebook post before the rally, organizers have called for a recount of ballots, a free media, a new election law, as well as more efficient co-operation among opposition parties instead of the bickering seen in the run-up to the vote.

The demonstrators, many of whom carried Hungary’s tricolor national flag, were to march from Budapest’s Opera House to Parliament near the Danube River.

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