Hungarian PM Orban expects to win 4th term in national vote

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban attends the last campaign event of his Fidesz party in the town of Szekesfehervar

The Latest: Orban says election is about 'Hungary's future'

Most polling stations closed and the vote count began in Hungary's election on Sunday, after a very high turnout that could threaten Viktor Orban's parliamentary majority.

Firebrand Prime Minister Orban has clashed repeatedly with other European Union leaders during his last term, especially with regard to the bloc's response to the refugee influx across Europe in 2015 and 2016. He has transformed Fidesz from a liberal party formed in the 1980s to a right-wing populist outfit, which has campaigned this election on an anti-immigration platform.

According to a poll by Zavech research institute published on Friday, Fidesz had 46 percent support among decided voters, while former far-right Jobbik, which has reshaped its image into a more moderate force, had 19 percent.

Turnout reached 68.13 percent by 1630 GMT, data from the National Election Office showed.

Orban claims that the opposition - collaborating with the United Nations, the European Union and wealthy philanthropist George Soros - wants to turn Hungary into an "immigrant country", threatening its security and Christian identity. He had always voted for Fidesz and praised Orban's policy to support families.

The Fidesz Party is projected to win with a two-third majority, 134 seats, while the nationalist Jobbik Party is expected to win 27 seats, according to the election office website.

However, his message struck a chord with some voters, such as pensioner Ilona Gubacsi, who said she hoped the result would mean "no migrants coming to Hungary and for things to remain as they are".

He has campaigned heavily on his unyielding anti-migration policies, although voters say they are more concerned with poverty, government corruption and the country's underfunded health care system.

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Analysts, however, were more cautious about the significance of the turnout. Vona said the question was not about migration into Hungary but about the large number of Hungarians who were leaving the country and heading to Western Europe in search of higher wages and better prospects.

"Everyone should go to vote because this election determines Hungary's course not for four years but for two generations at least", he told reporters.

The EU has struggled to respond as Orban's government has, in the view of its critics, used its two landslide victories in 2010 and 2014 to erode democratic checks and balances. He is also credited with keeping the budget deficit under control, reducing unemployment and some of Hungary's debt, and putting its economy on a growth track.

"My little daughter must be my primary concern, to make her future safe".

If Orban wins he is expected to carry on with his current economic policies - with income tax cuts and incentives to boost growth. She would not reveal her voting preference.

In last elections of 2014, Orban's coalition Fidesz-KDNP won 133 seats, securing two thirds of the parliament, also known as a super majority.

His business allies are expected to expand their economic domains.

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