The big winner of Sunday’s Hungarian legislative election is the outgoing Prime Minister.
Viktor Orban, the Hungarian sovereigntist leader, won a fourth consecutive victory on Sunday April 3. This was much easier than expected after legislative elections that took place in the shadows of the war in Ukraine.
The 58-year-old incumbent leader of the European Union (EU), faced an unprecedented alliance of six parties, each determined to fight “authoritarianism” « corruption »Twelve years of Orban’s era. Analysts had expected a close fight, but the results were clear: Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party won 53.35% (after 93% of the ballots were tallied), against 34.75% for opposition, the Bureau reported. electoral national.
This lead ensures that the Prime Minister will retain a two thirds majority in Parliament. Strong attendance exceeded 2018’s records. Surprise of the ballot: the far-right youth party Mi Hazank surpassed the 5% threshold to become a Member of Parliament.
“We have won an exceptional victory – a victory so big that you can probably see it from the moon, and certainly from Brussels”Viktor Orban smiled, being used to arm wrestling with EU.
Peter Marki-Zay, his opponent, addressed his supporters in the late hours of the evening. “I will not hide my sadness and disappointment”He was furious and reacted. He was aggressive despite all that, and he denounced “An unequal struggle”Front of ” Propaganda “, “a campaign of hate and lies”. The conservative, 49-year-old mayor decried earlier by putting his ballot in the same ballot box as his family. “unfair and impossible conditions”It was designed to allow its competitor to “stay in power forever”.
And to quote public media at the boot of the government – itself was entitled to only five minutes of air time on public television, in all and for all. Some in the opposition coalition, including Marto Gyongyosi (vice-president of Jobbik), have decried. “irregularities”.
Viktor Orban was accused by Brussels in multiple attacks against the rule of the law. He has kept justice and media shut down for over 12 years while advocating an ultraconservative vision. The first ballot was held under the watchful eye of more than 200 observers from around the world. Each camp had also sent thousands of volunteers.
The situation was drastically changed by the conflict in Ukraine. This conflict erupted in middle of the countryside. Viktor Orban was born in “protector”Hungary as a guarantor for peace and stability.
Peter Marki-Zay was also depicted as such on election posters and pro-Orban media. “dangerous”Because of his strong support of Ukraine, he was accused of wanting the country to go into war quickly. He was unable to emphasize the closeness that Viktor Orban has maintained since 2010 with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which he treats him as a friend. “Hungarian Poutine”Evidently, his speech did not convince voters.
Viktor Orban branded his unanticipated success as revenge for his “many adversaries”Citing “the bureaucrats in Brussels, the international media or even the Ukrainian president”. Volodymyr Zelensky had targeted the Hungarian leader directly for his desire to avoid conflict. Matteo Salvini, an Italian sovereigntist, and Marine Le Pen immediately sent him their congratulations. “Gratulations!”.
Also, questions were asked of the Hungarians about “protecting children”In connection to the recent law that prohibits talking to children under 18 “sex reassignment and homosexuality”. This referendum was ruled “unhealthy”By NGOs, who had requested protest by ticking the yes/no boxes, but failed to garner enough valid votes according to partial results.