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Election 2018 – Ethnic Hungarian leaders welcome Fidesz election win

Election 2018 – Ethnic Hungarian leaders welcome Fidesz election win

Leaders of ethnic Hungarian parties and organisations have welcomed Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his Fidesz party’s victory in Sunday’s general election.

Hunor Kelemen, head of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ), said Hungarians had voted to continue work started by Fidesz.

Over the next four years, Hungary will be ruled by a government that prizes the importance of the Transylvanian Hungarian community, he said.

László Tőkés, head of the Hungarian National Council of Transylvania (EMNT), described the outcome of the election as “the triumph of love over hate”. He said the election had been won by the party that had committed itself to “the issue of the Hungarian nation’s fight of self-defence” and lost by “those who had worked to divide the nation”.

Balázs Izsák, head of the Szekler National Council (SZNT), called Fidesz and Orbán’s victory “the victory of Szeklers”. “We all desire for Hungary to be an independent and sovereign state, for laws to be passed in Hungary’s national interests and for the country to be able to protect its own borders,” Izsák wrote in an open letter to Orbán.

József Menyhárt, head of the Party of the Hungarian Community (MKP) in Slovakia, congratulated Orbán in a Facebook post, saying that Fidesz’s victory was “also good news” for ethnic Hungarian communities.

“It is unparalleled in modern Hungarian history for someone to win a mandate after eight years in power and to do it by winning a lot more votes than before,” Menyhárt wrote.

Jenő Hajnal, head of the Hungarian National Council of Vojvodina, called the election result a “miracle”. He attributed the ruling alliance’s re-election to its focus on national interests that “are capable of mobilising not only Hungarians in the motherland, but also those living beyond the border and worldwide”.

István Pásztor, head of the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians (VMSZ), said ethnic Hungarian communities had hoped for a Fidesz-Christian Democrat absolute majority, “so that we could continue the nation-building that we have carried out over the past eight years”. “With a two-thirds majority, it can be carried out even more intensively, more freely and more clearly,” he added.

Featured image: MTI

Source: MTI

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