Orban triumphs in electoral landslide

GETTYVictor Orban is a bigger challenge to the future of the European Union than Brexit

A day after it won an overwhelming election victory on an anti-migration platform, the right-wing populist party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it would limit the ability of civic groups to help migrants and refugees.

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

A spokesman said Juncker would write to Orban to congratulate him on his "clear victory" and would hold telephone talks with him.

With the win of the right-wing, nationalist party in Hungary, many believe that this could mean that the anti-immigration sentiment is rising across Europe.

Women remain under-represented in the central European country's political life and there are no legal requirements to promote gender equality in the electoral context, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) added.

The Helsinki Committee said it was clear that Fidesz "considers its power interests more important than the values of the state of law and democracy, human rights and the Constitution". The critics of Prime Minister Orban say he has pushed the country in an authoritarian way and that it is fueling xenophobia with its anti-immigrant policy and its sharp words towards migrants.

Meanwhile congratulations from allies poured in for Orban, long a thorn in the EU's side, who styles himself as the defender of Christian Europe against the "poison" of immigration and the "globalist elite". While Jobbik became the largest opposition party, its 19 percent national-list result and 25 mandates in the 199-seat parliament fell well short of its own expectations.

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"The defining feature of Orban's career has been a zeal to defend Hungary's sovereignty against foreign encroachment", said Hendrik Hansen, a political scientist at Andrassy University in Budapest.

At the same time, Orban has cultivated friendly ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

All NGOs in Hungary that advocate open borders and a liberal approach toward migration might be potentially banned starting from May, Janos Halasz, a Fidesz spokesman said on Monday, cited by the state news agency MTI.

The government has been accused of using anti-Semitic tropes in its relentless campaign against Soros, who is Jewish.

Daniel Hegedus, research adviser at Freedom House, said Orban's new victory casts a "dark shadow on the future, especially concerning the attacks against the critical civil society".

"Hungarian voters changed the opposition, not the government", he said. "We would like to keep Hungary as Hungary", he said.

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