BUDAPEST – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s right-wing populist party is on track to win a general election on Sunday and hand the pro-Kremlin leader a fourth straight term.
With over 71 percent of the votes countedan alliance dominated by Orbán’s Fidesz party was set to win 134 seats in Hungary’s 199-seat parliament.
Since the beginning of his second term in 2010, Orbán has repeatedly clashed with EU institutions – who have accused him of undermining democracy and the rule of law – while forging a close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The election campaign was heavily influenced by Russia’s war in Ukraine, in which the prime minister portrayed himself as the guardian of stability.
But Orbán has come under attack from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for taking a softer line on Moscow than other EU leaders.
Orbán’s government has condemned the Russian invasion and backed EU sanctions against Moscow – but has opposed a ban on Russian energy imports and refused to bilaterally arm Kyiv.
Ahead of Sunday’s vote, experts warned that the electoral field was skewed in favor of the ruling party.
https://www.politico.eu/article/hungarian-pm-orban-set-to-clinch-fourth-straight-term-with-big-election-win/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán is starting his fourth consecutive term in office with a major election victory – POLITICO