Hungary's Orban seeks re-election on anti-migrant platform

Hungary's Orban seeks re-election on anti-migrant platform

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban has always been accustomed to exercising an oversized influence in Europe; he runs a small country of barely 10 million, yet his brand of politics, mixing a fierce opposition to immigration and an open hostility to Islam with staunch nationalism, has been so successful it is an inspiration to far-right populists throughout the continent.

In last elections of 2014, Orban's coalition Fidesz-KDNP won 133 seats, securing two thirds of the parliament, also known as a super majority.

Orban, who searching his 3rd consecutive sentence, and fourth entire as 1998, states he has voting early he might keep campaigning until finally polling stations close Sunday day. "For reasons of safety, we don't work anymore the way that we used to", said Annastiina Kallius of the Migrant Solidarity Group of Hungary.

After an acrimonious campaign in which Orban projected himself as a savior of Hungary's Christian culture against Muslim migration into Europe, all opinion polls put his Fidesz party well ahead.

'Figures show that it will be an election with a high voter turnout.

"From here I will go and take part in mobilising voters".

Voter turnout was estimated between 64 and 68%.

But this is not the time to sit back, ' Mr Vona said after voting his home city of Gyonygyos in northern Hungary. According to the National Election Office, 13.17 percent of eligible voters had cast ballots by 9 a.m. (0700GMT), while in 2006 turnout was 11.39 percent at the same hour.

"Migrants should not come here, and this (Fidesz') economic policy should continue", said Janos Dimovics, a pensioner who came from his village to see Orban.

Orban and his wife Aniko Levai voted at a polling station in a school in a Budapest suburb. Additionally, Hungary has backed Poland in its rule of law battle with Brussels, while remaining outspoken on European Union policies, including immigration. The EU is in Berlin, in Budapest, in Warsaw, in Prague and in Bucharest.

The loss of a mayoral by-election to an independent conservative candidate in a town that was previously a Fidesz stronghold rattled the ruling party in the weeks leading up the election. "The European Union does not mean Brussels, it means the European capitals together".

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