Viktor Orban criticises Zelensky after winning fourth consecutive term as prime minister

Hungary’s nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban declared victory in Sunday’s nationwide elections, getting into a fourth time period because the nation’s chief.

Mr Orban, a fierce critic of immigration and LGBTQ rights, had initially campaigned on divisive social and cultural points, however he dramatically shifted the tone of his marketing campaign after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, portraying the election as a selection between peace and stability or struggle and chaos.

A longtime ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, he has insisted that Hungary stay impartial and preserve its shut financial ties with Moscow, together with persevering with to import Russian fuel and oil.

Hungary has refused to observe within the footsteps of different Western nations in supplying arms to Ukraine, with Mr Orban claiming on Friday that doing so would make the nation a navy goal. He added that sanctioning Russian vitality imports would cripple Hungary’s financial system.

“This isn’t our war, we have to stay out of it,” Mr Orban mentioned.

Mr Orban gestures in entrance of supporters after partial outcomes of the election was introduced in Budapest, Hungary (Picture: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters)

On Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described the Hungarian chief as out of contact with the remainder of Europe, saying: “He is virtually the only one in Europe to openly support Mr Putin.”

Whereas talking to supporters on Sunday, Mr Orban singled out Mr Zelensky as a part of the “overwhelming force” that he mentioned his get together had struggled in opposition to within the election, which additionally included “the left at home, the international left all around, the Brussels bureaucrats, the Soros empire with all its money, the international mainstream media, and in the end, even the Ukrainian president”.

In a speech to Fidesz get together officers and supporters in Budapest, Mr Orban addressed a crowd cheering “Viktor!” and declared it was a “huge victory” for his get together.

“We won a victory so big that you can see it from the moon, and you can certainly see it from Brussels,” mentioned Mr Orban, who has typically been condemned by the EU over alleged corruption.

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“The whole world has seen tonight in Budapest that Christian democratic politics, conservative civic politics and patriotic politics have won. We are telling Europe that this is not the past, this is the future.”

With round 91 per cent of the votes tallied, the Fidesz-led coalition had gained 53 per cent, whereas a pro-European opposition coalition, United for Hungary, had simply over 34 per cent.

The election had been anticipated to be the closest since Mr Orban took energy in 2010, on account of Hungary’s six essential opposition events placing apart their ideological variations to type a united entrance in opposition to the Fidesz get together.

Concurrently the election, a referendum on LGBTQ points was held on Sunday, which requested voters in the event that they help laws that limits faculties’ educating about homosexuality and transgender points.

The Organisation for Safety and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) despatched a full remark mission to Hungary to observe Sunday’s election, solely the second time it has performed so in an EU nation.

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