Viktor Orban to act against George Soros charities after sweeping Hungarian vote

Wednesday, 11 Apr, 2018

With 88 percent of the vote counted, Orban's ruling party and its small ally, the Christian Democrat party, had secured 133 of the 199 seats in Parliament, the minimum needed for a two-thirds majority, according to projections.

The legislation dubbed a "Stop Soros" bill will the among the first laws passed by the new parliament, a Fidesz spokesman said on Monday.

Fidesz' victory also highlighted the divide between the deeply conservative and more religious countryside and the cultured urban class in Budapest.

Approval of the draft law targeting the advocates for refugees could come as soon as May, the party said. Advocacy groups could be banned from going closer than 8 kilometres (5 miles) from Hungary's borders, where asylum-seekers file claims, and foreigners without authorization to help refugees could be banned from Hungary.

"How could we have children in this country, where hate and racism are now officially part of the governing party's policy?" she said. "We are the same age as Hungarian democracy, established in 1989, of which there is less and less left".

Fidesz is in no hurry to use its renewed powers to change a constitution it had enacted in 2011, Gulyas said. Still, relations between Orban and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have been weighed down by their differences over immigration.

In September, Orban's government erected a fence on the Serbian border to keep them out, and the unrelenting anti-immigration stance has been central to his policies ever since.

This has lead to Orban becoming one of the most divisive leaders in Europe, criticized by people like United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, who accused him of being a racist and xenophobe.

Orban also did not have a good relationship with the former Barack Obama administration in the US and even alleged while speaking to current US President Donald Trump that he was treated like a "black sheep", he said in an interview.

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.

Hungary's anti-immigration populist premier Viktor Orban was set for a third straight term on Monday after a crushing election victory, delighting other nationalists but likely causing unease in some other European Union members.

Orban has repeatedly described civic groups supported by Soros, and in general any non-governmental group he disagrees with, as foreign agents working against Hungarian interests.

Attila Juhász, senior analyst of Political Capital: "The Jobbik couldn't make it in the countryside, so Fidesz remained the savior".

In a letter to Orban, EJA chairman and founder Rabbi Menachem Margolin also sought assurances that he will "continue to defend and uphold Hungarian Jewry under his new mandate, as well as continue his vocal support, diplomatic and political support for the State of Israel". Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs made that very clear during the wait for Sunday's election results.

Election observers noted as much in a report on the voting.

"This is a country which has always stepped up for itself, so we can trust in the people, I will accept their decision", he said.Meanwhile Jobbik leader Gabor Vona cast his ballot in the northeastern town of Gyongyos, saying that the result would "determine the fate of Hungary not just for four years but. for two generations".

'However, human rights is an ideal and it can not be shut down'.