In Hungary, Viktor Orban crushes the opposition to the legislative

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in Budapest, April 3, 2022.

This fourth victory in a row is the most brilliant of all for Viktor Orban. Sunday, April 3, the Hungarian nationalist prime minister largely won the legislative elections by crushing the unprecedented opposition coalition which hoped to dislodge him after twelve years in power. “The whole world could see that in Budapest, patriotism won. This is our message to Europe: we are not the past, we are the future! »proudly launched Mr. Orban to his supporters gathered to celebrate his victory in front of a conference center in Budapest, on the banks of the Danube.

“We will remember this victory because we have never had so many adversaries, between our national left, the international left, the bureaucrats in Brussels, [le milliardaire américain d’origine hongroise] George Soros, the international media and even the Ukrainian president”, he said, with a big smile. Despite his closeness to Vladimir Putin, Viktor Orban has in no way suffered from the public reproaches addressed by Volodymyr Zelensky about his lack of support since the start of the conflict.

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On the contrary, without having said a word in reaction to the abuses discovered the same day in Boutcha, Ukraine, which shocked the whole world, Mr. Orban won 53.19% of the vote, a score well above what he predicted. all polls.

This impressive score also allows him to keep his majority of two thirds in Parliament, even though his collaborators had estimated after the closing of the polls not to believe it. This threshold makes it possible to modify the Constitution, and Mr. Orban has used it regularly to ratify the setbacks in the rule of law observed during his previous mandates.

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Facing him, the six opposition parties won a humiliating 34.95% of the vote. “I am devastated like everyone else, we did not expect such a result”, recognized Peter Marki-Zay, the leader of the opposition, in front of his supporters gathered on the other side of the Hungarian capital. For the opposition, which had put all its hopes and efforts in the election, it is a crushing blow.

For the first time in twelve years, six parties ranging from the left to a formation from the far right had indeed concluded a pre-electoral alliance in the hope of beating Mr. Orban. Organized in October 2021, an unprecedented primary had nominated as candidate Mr. Marki-Zay, the mayor of a small provincial town, deeply conservative and Catholic, in the hope of poaching certain voters from Fidesz, the movement of the Prime Minister. But the cocktail struggled both because of the divisions between the six parties with very different profiles, and the repeated blunders of this inexperienced and overly provocative politician.

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