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Hungary's Orban to seek European Union of strong nations after landslide re-election

11 April 2018, 04:58 | Bernice Figueroa

In the parliamentary elections in Hungary has won the ruling coalition

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses the supporters after the announcement of the partial results of parliamentary election in Budapest Hungary

"Well, the government has successfully implemented its hate campaign". Anti-establishment and euroskeptic parties from Poland to France hailed the result.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin called Orban on Monday to congratulate him on his election victory and to invite him to visit Israel. In a 2015 interview with POLITICO, he suggested the bloc's leaders instead focus more on strengthening the EU's external border. "But before that we need to be honest about what's hurting us".

After a sweeping victory in the Hungarian elections Monday, Prime Minister Viktor Orban could soon back an effort by the government to ban NGOs that support migration into the country, a situation that his far-right Fidesz party believes to be a "national security risk".

In the past eight years in power, Orban - in two consecutive terms as prime minister - has enacted drastic changes to Hungary's constitution, attempted to dismantle its system of checks and balances, and sought to silence his critics, notably in the Hungarian media.

The government have opposed to taking in migrants in the wake of the 2016 refugee crisis, constructing a border fence and defying the pressure from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders.

Jobbik's long-time leader, Gabor Vona, will not be a part of the new government after tendering his resignation despite his party's significant gains.

Orban won re-election after campaigning on a platform that openly demonized migrants to Europe.

"We don't see these people as Muslim refugees". The European Parliament is set to vote later this year on whether it should strip Budapest of its EU voting rights over backsliding on democracy.

He seized the moment when on January 12 2015, months before the peak of the migration crisis in Europe, he said immigration into Europe should be largely halted after Paris attacks launched by Islamist extremists, who were born in France to immigrant families.

The Jobbik party, a far-right group that has tried to tame its image over recent years and rebrand itself as an anti-corruption force, came a distant second.

"President Juncker will write to Prime Minister Orban today to congratulate him on his party's clear victory in yesterday's Hungarian parliamentary elections", European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas told reporters at a regular briefing.

Hungary's goal should be ethnic homogeneity, says Orban, not western Europe's false multiculturalism that extols diversity at the expense of natives. "The support of the majority of society shows that it's worthwhile to make the effort".

Orban's government has already attracted controversy for what critics call its erosion of media and judicial independence, as well as its crackdown on civil society organisations, in particular those linked to liberal Hungarian-born United States billionaire George Soros. Soros rejects the accusations and his Open Society Foundation said the measures would "criminalize" civil society.

"We will not be cowed by those who attempt to muzzle Hungary's critical voices and to create an atmosphere of fear", its Europe director Gauri van Gulik said. These are our life principles.

It would force them to get government permits, their income received from overseas would be taxed and they could be banned from going nearer than five miles from Hungary's borders, where asylum-seekers file claims.

Some 8 million Hungarians were eligible to vote for 199 lawmakers, with 106 directly elected according to electoral districts and 93 elected from countrywide party lists.

More unnerving, conservatives too - the kind that, in post-war Europe, had functioned as a firewall between the far right and liberal democracy - borrow from Orban's playbook.

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