On Sunday, Hungarian President Viktor Orban won an overwhelming victory and fourth term as president. With six center-left parties united in a single opposition bloc, Orban won 53% of the vote-increasing his majority by four percentage points and a sufficient majority in the Hungarian national assembly to impose changes to the Hungarian constitution.
With 98,96% of votes counted on Monday morning, Fidesz is set to win 135 of the 199 seats in the national assembly, up by two from its victory in 2018. Compared to the previous parliamentary elections on the national party lists, the ruling coalition improved its result by almost 4 points, receiving 53.10% to 49.27% four years ago.
“We have won a victory so great that it can be seen from the moon, but certainly from Brussels!” Orban told supporters in his victory speech on Sunday (3 April) evening.
With a high turnout (69,54%), though below the historical record of the previous parliamentary polls (70.22%), the united six-party opposition comprising socialists, social-democrats, greens, liberals and conservatives, got 35.04% of the votes on national lists.
In the country's mixed electoral system that allocates 106 seats to single-member constituencies, the opposition coalition is set to win 56 mandates.
The only other party to reach the 5% electoral threshold was the far-right nationalist Our Homeland (Mi Hazank) with 6.17%, receiving 7 MPs. One preferential seat was allocated to the German minority represented by Imre Ritter, considered to lean in favour of the ruling party.
See Hungarian Election Results Send the Left Into Fits of Rage for more details.
Orban made more waves after his victory when he proclaimed victory over six enemies: 1) The “left” at home, 2) The “international left” abroad, 3) The Brussels bureaucrats, 4) George Soros, 5) The international MSM, and 6) Zelensky.
Orban's comment about winning over Zelensky got the most headlines, naturally generating overheated headlines like this; Viktor Orban, Hungary's authoritarian leader and key Putin ally, calls Zelensky an ‘opponent' after winning reelection, in the failed cable news network CNN's online blog. Because of that, let me talk for a second about Orban's victory over the first five.
Six opposition parties that had the support of center-left allies in the West ran in a united effort to defeat Orban. He came out stronger. The best argument the losing coalition can come up with is “it wasn't a level playing field.”
“The 3 April parliamentary elections and referendum were well administered and professionally managed but marred by the absence of a level playing field,” the international election observation mission said in preliminary conclusions published Monday afternoon.
“Contestants were largely able to campaign freely, but while competitive, the campaign was highly negative in tone and characterized by a pervasive overlap between the ruling coalition and the government,” the mission found.
“The lack of transparency and insufficient oversight of campaign finances,” according to the observers, “further benefited the governing coalition” while “bias and lack of balance in monitored news coverage and the absence of debates between major contestants significantly limited the voters' opportunity to make an informed choice.”
If you think that the lack of transparency in campaign finances hurt Orban, you are huffing airplane glue. George Soros and the do-gooder non-governmental organizations that stalk the globe f***ing up countries where they don't live would find any holes in the system funnel in money to defeat Orban.
Apparently, Reuters has never witnessed an election in the United States where all major broadcast networks, major media, social media, and cable news channels (except one) give fawning coverage to the Democrat candidate, push fake scandals concocted by the Democrats (like the Russia Hoax which the FEC has fined the Clinton campaign over), and suppress real scandals like Hunter Biden's laptop documents.
Orban also pushed a series of referenda.
The lesson here is very much like the data coming out of Florida; see Ron DeSantis Wins Again as Poll of Florida Dems on Parental Rights Bill Shatters Fake Narratives, Tulsi Gabbard Triggers Leftists With Excellent Suggestion for Florida on Parental Rights Law, and The Silent Majority Is Far Bigger Than the Woke Crowd, Don't Let Them Intimidate You. People don't like sexual deviants and pedophile groomers involved in the care or education of their children. Orban won 53% of the vote, but all the referenda received at least 92%. And there was a lesson from Hungary that matches that of 2016 and 2020 (discounting the vote fraud and judicial meddling in the voting process).
One hopes the GOP heeds both these lessons in 2024.
Bingo. And in the process, Orban utterly thrashed his top five enemies.
Russia's lawless invasion of Ukraine has put Orban in an uncomfortable position. He appears to want to position Hungary as a bridge between East and West. Hungary is a member of both the European Union and NATO. He also maintains cordial relations with Russia. He has gone along with sanctions on Russia. He is resisting sanctions on Russian gas because Hungary is reliant upon it. He is providing humanitarian relief to Ukraine and is sheltering about 140,000 Ukrainian refugees. He has supported Zelensky's demand that Russia respects Ukraine's territorial integrity. What he refuses to do is ship arms to Ukraine or let arms shipments to Ukraine pass through Hungary. This is more of a problem of appearances than anything else. Still, Zelensky has accused Orban of standing in the way of European solidarity. Zelensky is right. But Orban is the prime minister of Hungary, not Europe, and the voters agreed they wanted things to stay that way.
There are claims that Hungary is Russia's sockpuppet inside of NATO. If that is the case, that is something that NATO needs to act upon as it sees fit. NATO and the EU are a voluntary association of sovereign states with sovereign interests. They are not a collection of client states lorded over by the US, in the case of NATO, or Germany, in the case of the EU. If NATO and the EU want to change that model, they should let everyone know. Hungary, to date, seems to have met its NATO obligations as well as Germany, and labeling Orban a Putin ally because he doesn't see any percentage in getting involved in a fight that doesn't help Hungary strikes me as bizarre and contrived.