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May 11, 2018

Parliament re-elects Viktor Orbán as prime minister

The prime minister, embarking on his third consecutive term and fourth overall term in office, was elected with 134 votes in favor and 28 against

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been re-elected as prime minister of Hungary by Parliament.

The prime minister, embarking on his third consecutive term and fourth overall term in office, was elected with 134 votes in favor and 28 against.

The prime minister took his oath of office following congratulations from President János Áder.

PM Orbán vowed to serve all Hungarians in his fourth term, noting that his governing alliance holds a two-thirds majority but vowed to “serve the three-thirds”.

“The homeland cannot be in opposition with itself because it vastly transcends the parties,” PM Orbán said. “Serving it cannot depend on whether we happen to be in opposition or in government.”

“I stand before you optimistic, hopeful and ready to act,” he added.

The prime minister pledged to plan for the next 12 years and said Hungary was “in the right constellation”.

“Hungary’s case has been won. Everything needed for great plans ahead has already come together,” he said. He added that Hungarians believe that “tomorrow can be better than today if they do their job right”.

“They want a government that is worthy of their future. This encourages us — and entitles us — to make plans not only for the next four years but for the next ten years, too. Indeed, we should think in terms of twelve years,” PM Orbán said.

The prime minister added that his government would represent the view that the bloc should function as an alliance of free nations. He said it should “give up its delirious nightmares of a united states of Europe … and come back down to reality.”

“Now that I’ve taken my oath, I reaffirm to every single member of the nation, all fifteen million Hungarians … that all my actions will be dedicated to the service of our nation and country, the Hungarian people, Hungarian interests and Christian values,” he said.