Orban's party records landslide win

Orban's party records landslide win

Former prime minister Stephen Harper has publicly offered his congratulations to controversial political leader Viktor Orban for winning re-election Monday as Hungary's prime minister.

The Hungarian Helsinki Committee, which provides legal help to asylum-seekers, said it would not let the election results derail its mission.

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.

German MEP Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann, of the Socialists and Democrats grouping, said Orban had been "very successful with a campaign of fear against migrants".

Orban is a strong Eurosceptic who campaigned on an anti-immigration platform.

If migrants settle in Hungary, Orban claims Hungary's economic development will end, its support for rural areas will dwindle, women and girls will be "hunted down" and Budapest, the capital, will become 'unrecognizable'.

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen said Orban's victory was yet another rejection of "the change of values and the mass immigration extolled by the European Union".

With the win of the right-wing, nationalist party in Hungary, many believe that this could mean that the anti-immigration sentiment is rising across Europe.

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Orban's clampdown on non-governmental organizations is also based on his belief that only elected politicians have the right to be involved in politics.

However the largest opposition party has demanded that the National Elections Office investigate alleged irregularities in the conduct of Sunday's poll.

The party surged back to power on the back of their leader's racially-charged right-wing rhetoric.

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

Italian far-right party the League, which is vying for the right to form a government after inconclusive elections, drew encouragement from Orban's victory, reprising his line against elite Hungarian-born tycoon George Soros.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which monitored the election, said the campaign was "characterized by a pervasive overlap between state and ruling party resources, undermining contestants' ability to compete on an equal basis" in the media.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Mr Orban and said she would work with his new government despite differences on migration. "However, human rights is an ideal, and it can not be shut down".

Some of the NGOs that could be hit by the new law said they expected a hardening in the new government's stance.

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