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Orban Won't Prioritize Judicial Overhaul, Ruling Party Official Says

Orban Won't Prioritize Judicial Overhaul, Ruling Party Official Says

In his victory speech on Sunday night, Orban himself thanked Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland's governing PiS party, for his support.

Right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban secured a third straight term in the election, with his Fidesz party winning nearly half the vote, likely giving it a two-thirds majority in parliament.

The Helsinki Committee said it was clear that Fidesz "considers its power interests more important than the values of the state of law and democracy, human rights, and the Constitution".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Mr Orban and said she would work with his new government despite differences on migration.

Among the stipulations of the new law, refugee advocates would need government permission for their activities and would pay a tax on their donations from overseas.

Horst Seehofer said he would congratulate Orban on behalf of his Christian Social Union party.

The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union also expects to become a target of government "legislative and communications attacks". He fired a volley at the European Union to stop lecturing the Hungarian government over its shift to the right, adding: "I've always thought that this policy of arrogance and paternalism with respect to other member states is wrong".

"If the dam bursts, if the borders are opened, if immigrants set foot in Hungary, there will be no going back", Orban had said Friday at a final campaign rally.

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He said in Munich that "nothing is stronger confirmation than success at the ballot box".

A staunch supporter of establishing close relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin and a popular figure with other nationalist populists, including US President Donald J. Trump and former Slovak President Robert Fico, Orban vowed to defend Hungary from Muslim migrants and renewed his call for keeping Muslims out of Europe.

FOR the third consecutive election, Viktor Orban's illiberal Fidesz party has won firm control of the Hungarian Parliament.

He added that after the Hungarian election "it is up to Germany and France, along with all member states that aren't counting on indifference, to weigh in unambiguously on the basis of the European treaties to neutralize this tumor of values".

Near-complete election results show Orban's Fidesz party winning a supermajority of 134 seats in the 199-seat national assembly.

Hungary's ruling Fidesz party will look capitalise on a crushing election victory last weekend by enacting new laws to curb the rights of civic groups that support refugees, senior party figures said yesterday. "We have achieved a decisive victory".

Orbán's Fidesz party won for the third straight time and faces little opposition from the opposition with the Nationalist Jobbik coming a distant second with just 26 seats followed by the Socialists with 20 lawmakers.


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