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The sweeping April 8th victory of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the governing parties in Hungary’s parliamentary elections came as a surprise to many and not only the political opposition. Among those grieving the loss, we find not only opposition candidates but many who otherwise present themselves as impartial – like members of the international press corps.
Last Saturday, the National Elections Office published the official results of the April 8 parliamentary elections. With all votes counted and a high 70.22 percent turnout, Prime Minister Orbán has secured a third consecutive two-thirds supermajority in Hungary’s National Assembly. Here’s a quick summary of what’s next.
Zoltán Kovács stressed that George Soros is continuing the negotiations aimed at calling into question the outcome of the Hungarian election and collecting allies against the democratically elected Hungarian government and majority
The president asked Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to start talks on forming a government. Under Hungary’s constitution, the president is to call the inaugural session of the country’s new parliament within 30 days after the general election
Minister Szijjártó pointed out that if Hungary had an electoral system like the United Kingdom or France, then the ruling party wouldn’t just have a two-thirds majority in Parliament, but a majority of 85 percent
“I know that the opposition parties find this hard to accept,” Antal Rogán said. “Those shouting about fraud haven’t uncovered any errors that they could protest or bring to the election committees. This is nothing more than a political flea circus,” he added
John O’Sullivan said he was wrong in predicting that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s victory would fall short of a landslide. “For it was a landslide by the most exacting standards — which more or less destroys the arguments of his opponents and critics that his governing Fidesz party could win only through authoritarianism, gerrymandering, and the dominance of the media by Fidesz and its business allies,” he said
EPP President Joseph Paul, EPP Group Leader Manfred Weber, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, German Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and the President of the Bank of China have all sent congratulations to the prime minister
As the dust settles after Sunday’s parliamentary elections, a clearer picture is now emerging of what happened on that extraordinary day. It will take a few days yet before the final results become official, but in the meantime, here are five takeaways from Hungary’s 2018 parliamentary elections.
Antal Rogán, the minister heading the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister, said the reshuffle comes amid the government responding to the challenges of migration and the need to protect Hungary’s national sovereignty
“Everyone must accept the crystal clear outcome” of the election, the communications director of the ruling party said. “When there’s an outcome the Soros brigade doesn’t like, they attack democracy itself,” he added
The counting of mail-in ballots from Hungarians living outside of Hungary revealed overwhelming support for Fidesz-KDNP. Winning nearly 95 percent of votes by mail, the governing alliance secured an extra seat in parliament on top of their 133 mandates, according to the latest results.
“Hungary is a country of brave people,” the prime minister said. “This is our continent, this is our homeland, our greater homeland. We love it and we want its future to be just as bright as the successful decades behind us"
“Hungarian democracy is strong, this is what the high turnout signals. We thank all those who have voted, this way the next government will have strong legitimacy,” Gergely Gulyás, Fidesz group leader, said
"We have [less than] 48 hours to bring everyone to vote. One voter, two votes. Millions of Hungarians, millions of votes. This is what stands against millions of dollars. And I believe that money cannot triumph over the will of millions of Hungarians,” the prime minister stressed
"Hungary will keep on fighting and the people will decide on April 8th whether Hungary will continue to have an anti-immigration government or will have a pro-immigration government," the foreign minister said
“The successes achieved during the traditional industrial era must also be maintained following the digital revolution, in the interests of which large corporations that create highly developed technologies must be encouraged to invest in Hungary through tax benefits and funding," Péter Szijjártó said
The prime minister said the government regards the security of the Hungarian people as its highest priority because where there is no security there are no investments, no new jobs, no incomes or pensions that hold their value, and there is no growth
There are many years of work involved in the fact that Hungary is now standing on its own two feet and is not dependent on others. “If the country didn’t have a government for the nation, this would change," Csaba Dömötör said
The prime minister said there will either be a national government and Hungary will remain a Hungarian country, or there will be an internationalist government formed in essence by George Soros which would force Hungary into becoming an immigrant country
The government spokesperson described the general election on Sunday as a decisive battle in the struggle against Soros’s organizations. "The people may decide whether Hungary will indeed remain a country of the Hungarian people or that of immigrants," he said
“Sooner or later the main question in every country will be migration,” said PM Orbán, who noted that for the first time since he began calling attention to the challenges of migration, he has begun to see more EU countries devoting serious attention to the issue.
“They want to take our country away. Not with the stroke of a pen like they did a hundred years ago in Trianon,” said Prime Minister Orbán in his March 15th address before a crowd estimated in the hundreds of thousands to commemorate the 170th anniversary of Hungary’s 1848 Revolution and War of Independence, “but that we voluntarily hand it over to others in the decades to come.”
The European Commission released last week the biannual country report on Hungary. Aside from a few words of praise for the government’s role in Hungary’s economic turnaround, what we find is a disappointing list of old issues and a clear attempt on the part of the Brussels bureaucracy to influence the outcome of Hungary’s upcoming parliamentary elections.
“I believe in simple things – work, homeland, families,” Prime Minister Orbán said earlier this week in his address to the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce. He then reiterated the four pillars that define Hungary’s economy policies: competitiveness, a workfare society, good demographics and identity-based politics. “All decisions made by this government could fit into these categories.”
Gergely Gulyás said that what’s at stake in the April 8 election is whether Hungary’s stability can be preserved through the re-election of the Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance or whether “stability will be replaced by chaos” with the election of a new government
The minister of state for Government Communication said the aim of the Brussels report is to place pressure on Hungary and to achieve the downfall of the government and replace it with a “pro-immigration cabinet that is acceptable to Brussels”
“We must always remember that, from 1956 onwards, generations have fought and worked for Hungary to become a place where Hungarian people can decide on what happens in their homeland: this is called an election,” PM Orbán said
“If we don’t want to become an immigrant country we’ll have to join our forces and fight this battle together,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, adding that with the upcoming elections Hungary’s future is at stake.
President János Áder has set April 8 as the date of Hungary’s upcoming parliamentary elections. Our electoral system and the changes made to it back in 2011 are once again generating some conversation – and misinformation – so here’s a brief rundown on how it works and a look back at the changes.