Hungary election: Viktor Orban claims landslide victory

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"I am depressed. I thought they would win by a majority, but the two thirds majority is surprising for me".

Orban's election campaign was dominated by immigration, with him promising to defend the country's borders and block migration by Muslims.

"Hungary won a big victory", Mr. Orban told a crowd of supporters gathered on the bank of the Danube just before midnight.

The promise to move swiftly against global NGOs highlighted the growing European Union divisions over Viktor Orban, the controversial Hungarian prime minister, who has repeatedly attacked Brussels for its handling of the 2015 refugee crisis and the imposition of mandatory migrant quotas.

Hungary is proof that euroskeptic nationalism and populism is alive and kicking in the European Union, in spite of some who thought otherwise after Emmanuel Macron's victory a year ago in France.

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

Orban's victory, however, is perceived by many in the West as a blow to democracy in Hungary.

The sweeping victory will serve as an opportunity for Fidesz to approve the planned "Stop Soros" legislation package targeting civil organisations that are funded by Soros's Open Society Foundations and which deal with migration.

In the election campaign, Orban drove home the far right's xenophobic, anti-immigration pledges about protecting natives from an onslaught of unsafe and impure outsiders, especially Muslims.

"Hungary voted with its heart and its head, ignoring threats from Brussels and Soros's billions".

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Orban has been using Soros and his causes as a political punching bag, even going so far as claim that there were activists that were actively being paid by Soros.

The right-wing nationalist Jobbik party placed second with 26 seats, while a Socialist-led, left-wing coalition came in third with 20 seats.

"Jobbik used to lean to the right even more than Fidesz and they've lost all of their agenda because Orban's party used it as well".

"President Juncker will write to Prime Minister Orban today to congratulate him on his party's clear victory in yesterday's Hungarian parliamentary elections", European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas told reporters at a regular briefing.

Agnes von der Muhll, spokeswoman for the French foreign ministry, said her country and Hungary would "pursue their political dialogue in the service of the European project and its values".

Fidesz plans to step up its crackdown of civil society groups, one of the last remaining sources of scrutiny into Orban's government along with the remnants of independent media. "Of course, we are aware that this is an important topic [migration], but it's quite sad to see that no other issues could enter the agenda in this electoral campaign and it seems to have brought result for the governing party", he said in a live appearance on RT.

In his speech, Orban thanked Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland's governing PiS party, for his support, as Poland and Hungary see each other as key allies in their battles with European Union institutions. "I think he will moderate and become more reasonable".

Hungary's goal should be ethnic homogeneity, says Orban, not western Europe's false multiculturalism that extols diversity at the expense of natives.

In the capital Budapest, where Fidesz won only six out of 18 voting districts, some were disappointed on Monday morning.

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