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"But getting two thirds of the ballot (133 seats out of 199 in the parliament) for the third time in a row was more than they expected themselves", he said.

Germany's conservative interior minister is welcoming Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's "very clear election victory" and warning the European Union against showing arrogance.

Orban will likely seize on the election results as vindication of his clashes with European Union institutions over his hardline anti-immigration policies and rejection of the EU's refugee resettlement programme, as well as his moves to clamp down on civil society groups.

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.

Orban's victory is a product of several factors, but three stand out: the systematic weakening of Hungary's democratic system, the success of Orban's antimigration platform, and the fragmentation of the opposition. "Migration is like rust that slowly but surely would consume Hungary", Orban said at his final rally last week.

The PM will continue to implement his anti-migrant policies throughout his third term in office as he "set the stakes too high", said Mariann Ory, political commentator for the Hungarian Magyar Hirlap paper.

Orban is fervently anti-migration and based his re-election campaign on the demonization of the mainly Muslim migrants coming to Europe.

Orbán's sweeping victory can mostly be attributed to his party's anti-immigration and anti-globalist campaign. The anti-Soros rhetoric came against a wider backdrop of antisemitism in Hungary.

Orban is also pursuing his stated goal of turning Hungary into an "illiberal state" modeled on countries like Russian Federation and Turkey.

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The radical nationalist Jobbik party was in second place with 20 percent of the vote, while a Socialist-led coalition took 12.2 percent.

There was no other program on the table from the opposition, which merely relied on simplistic criticism of all the corruption without offering any alternative vision.

Both politicians are members of the the European People's Party, Europe's dominant centre-right bloc, which has shielded Orbán from criticism.

Soon after the election victory, the ruling Fidesz party said it could now push on with legislation to crack down on organizations promoting migrant rights after parliament is formed at the end of April. He has also served as the PM of Hungary between 1998 and 2002.

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.

"There is a big battle behind us", he said, speaking at the Fidesz campaign headquarters. "I think we would all be surprised if Viktor Obran would back down from this strategy".

Newly re-elected Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Tuesday that "significant changes" will be made in his next government.

That "constricted the space for genuine political debate, hindering voters' ability to make a fully informed choice", the OSCE said.

During the campaign Fidesz, with the help of state and pro-government media, promoted a conspiracy theory that the Hungarian opposition, the United Nations, the European Union, and Soros, had plotted to turn Hungary into an "immigrant country" threatening its security and national identity.


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