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In the parliamentary elections in Hungary has won the ruling coalition

In the parliamentary elections in Hungary has won the ruling coalition

After the 2014 elections, Orban pushed through sweeping changes to the electoral system so that some 53 percent of parliamentary seats - 106 of a total of 199 - are won on a "first-past-the-post" basis in individual constituencies, allowing for a two-thirds majority with less than 50 percent of the vote garnered. Driven by an unbridled anti-refugee campaign, he outperformed his own party's stated expectation and shattered hopes of a potential upset among the fractured opposition, which has decried his government's authoritarian tilt. Austria's Freedom Party, which governs together with conservatives, praises just such an European Union, as does Poland's governing Law and Justice Party and the Czech Republic's president, Milos Zeman.

European Council President Donald Tusk said in an open letter to Orban: "I count on you to play a constructive role in maintaining our unity in the EU". "But before that we need to be honest about what's hurting us". The parliament is elected for a four-year term and entitled to adopt constitution, laws, elect the president, approve the prime minister nominated by the president, as well as approve the state budget.

Far-right parties cheered Monday after Hungary's nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban handily won re-election, while moderates offered business-like congratulations and rights groups voiced fears over his anti-immigrant stance. The head and founder of the far-right Jobbik, Gabor Vona, who has sought to moderate the party, said late Monday that its board had accepted his resignation after it won only 19.3 percent of the vote.

The number of independent media outlets has dwindled in recent years as business interests close to Orban have bought up TV stations and national and regional newspapers.

"We do not want to see a significant minority among ourselves that has different cultural characteristics and background". The European Parliament is set to vote later this year on whether it should strip Budapest of its EU voting rights over backsliding on democracy.

Beatrix von Storch, deputy leader of Germany's anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party tweeted: "A bad day for the European Union, a good one for Europe".

Harper was chosen to chair the centre-right think tank in February at the organization's meeting of party leaders in Spain.

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Since coming to power in 2010, his government has locked horns with the European Commission over reforms that critics say have eroded democratic checks and balances and weakened the independence of the media. "The support of the majority of society shows that it's worthwhile to make the effort".

Fidesz also ran an aggressive campaign against the Hungarian-born Jewish financier and philanthropist George Soros, accusing him of plotting to take control of the country.

Civil society groups funded by Soros, who donates extensively in the land of his birth, have long faced bothersome regulations, harassment from local authorities and online abuse and threats.

Asked about possible changes in Hungary's policy toward Germany, Orban said: "We would like to establish continually improving relations with every country". These are our life principles.

"We created the opportunity to defend Hungary, " he said.

"It will be easier for Orban to talk with the EU [about migration] after his victory, because the European democracies respect those with public support".


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