Hungary's Anti-Immigration Leader Wins Super-Majority
Hungary's prime minister Viktor Orban won reelection with a two-thirds majority. He is strongly anti-immigration. With a supermajority victory, Orban may seek constitutional reforms that will not go over well with the "more Europe" crowd.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary, who has set about transforming this former Soviet bloc member from a vibrant democracy into a semi-autocratic state under one political party’s control, appeared to have won a sweeping victory in national elections on Sunday, with 93 percent of the vote counted.
By securing two-thirds of the seats in Parliament, Mr. Orban’s Fidesz party — along with its ally, the Christian Democrats —— now has the power to change the Constitution and further bend the nation to his will.
Western officials view Mr. Orban’s style of government as a threat to values such as the rule of law and a free press.
Mr. Orban’s victory is likely to embolden other leaders who have used a similar playbook, including those in neighboring Poland, where the governing party has openly emulated his tactics.
Mr. Orban built his campaign on castigating Western nations as a hostile, multicultural force, where Muslim immigrants ran wild and where traditional family values were under constant assault.
Instead of looking to France or Germany for inspiration, Mr. Orban has talked fondly of the autocratic systems of Turkey and Russia.
Edit Zgut, a foreign-policy analyst at Political Capital, a research organization based in Budapest, said Mr. Orban had proved effective at channeling public anger. Among the most frequent targets of Mr. Orban’s scorn has been George Soros, the American billionaire and philanthropist who was born in Hungary.
Regardless of whatever else you may think about Orban, anyone running on an anti-George-Soros platform cannot be all bad.
And, if you are wondering whom to credit for Orban's huge victory, please turn to Germany and thank Chancellor Angela Merkel.
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