Hungary's anti-immigration premier wins election again

Orban Dominates Hungarian Ballot in Win for European Populists

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At a news conference with worldwide media two days after cruising to his third straight term, Orban said his government had already drawn up a "Stop Soros" package of legislation.

One of Hungary's two national opposition dailies will shut down on Wednesday due to financial problems, its publisher said, in a sign of rapidly deteriorating prospects for media freedom after the landslide re-election of Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Almost-complete results showed by the following morning that Fidesz was likely to have won a two-thirds supermajority in Parliament, with 133 of 199 seats, enough to alter the constitution.

Critics charge Orban with weakening the democratic system of checks and balances, enriching a new oligarch class of cronies with the help of funds from the European Union and greatly concentrating power.

In a speech last month, Orban had said he would take unspecified "moral, political and legal" measures against his opponents in the event of a Fidesz victory, prompting fears of a clampdown on opposition. He has also railed against what he refers to as meddlesome global institutions, such as the United Nations and NGOs.

The bill was submitted to parliament in February.

"This has happened and we believe we are mandated by this election to pass this law".

"Hungary voted with its heart and its head, ignoring threats from Brussels", said Matteo Salvini, head of Italy's far-right League and potentially the next prime minister there. Advocacy groups could be banned from going closer than 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Hungary's borders, where asylum-seekers file claims, and foreigners without authorization to help refugees could be banned from Hungary.

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Orban added that he would cultivate deeper relations with nationalist-ruled Poland and the conservative German region of Bavaria in his new term in office due to their direct support for his re-election bid. Still, relations between Orban and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have been weighed down by their differences over immigration.

Orban has sought to portray himself as a defender of Christian Europe against Islamic immigration.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, a conservative governing in a coalition with the far right, said in a tweet that Hungary was an "important neighbour and trade partner", adding: "I look forward to future collaboration".

He also noted the changes would involve redefining Hungary's relationship with the European Union, and ensuring the ongoing sovereignty of the country's powers.

And the Prime Minister confirmed his anti-immigration stance during the run up to the election, stating: "We will never allow Hungary to become a target country for immigrants".

The mission also raised concerns about "hostile and intimidating campaign rhetoric, limited space for substantive debate and diminished voters' ability to make an informed choice", he said. "Thank you for the contribution to making political opinion on the Hungarian election".

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