Hungary’s Viktor Orban hits out at EU and Ukraine’s Zelenskyy as he wins election landslide

Mr Orban’s Fidesz party had 53.1 percent of votes with 98 percent of the count complete, results show

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In his victory speech, Mr Orban criticised Mr Zelenskyy and also Brussels bureaucrats as he listed them among “opponents” he had faced during the election campaign.

Addressing supporters in Budapest on Sunday, he said: “This was a huge victory.

“They can see it from the Moon, but certainly from Brussels as well.”

Hungary’s opposition alliance, led by Peter Marki-Zay, was far behind Fidesz with 35 percent of the vote.

Hungary shares a border with Ukraine and has taken in more than half a million refugees since the outbreak of war.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban attends the closing rally of his electoral campaign in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, April 1, 2022. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban attends the closing rally of his electoral campaign in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, April 1, 2022. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
Supporters of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban are seen during the closing rally of his electoral campaign in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, April 1, 2022. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
Supporters of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban are seen during the closing rally of his electoral campaign in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, April 1, 2022. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Mr Orban says that by helping the people, but refusing to supply weapons to Ukraine, he is keeping Hungary out of the war.

Mr Zelenskyy has repeatedly criticised Mr Orban's policies.

When officially confirmed by Hungary's electoral commission, the victory will be Fidesz's fourth successive win since 2010.

The National Election Office said Fidesz would have 135 seats, a two-thirds majority, and the opposition alliance would have 56 seats.

EU officials have an uneasy relationship with Mr Orban, often accusing Fidesz of undermining Hungary’s democratic institutions.

Since coming to power 12 years ago, Mr Orban has rewritten the constitution, filled the top courts with his appointees, and changed the electoral system to his advantage.

During campaigning, the opposition's catch-phrase was "Orban or Europe".

Their candidate Peter Marki-Zay argued that Hungary should join Poland, the UK and others in supplying arms to Ukraine.

He also said Hungary should consider sending troops to help Mr Zelenskyy, if this could be done within a NATO framework.

The opposition complained that Fidesz had isolated Hungary from the European mainstream, and from democracy.