Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has congratulated Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on his SNS party’s “historic victory” at Serbia’s parliamentary and local elections held at the weekend.
According to information from the PM’s press office, Orbán said in a letter that
Serbia, together with countries in the central European region, is “ready to be among winners of the next decade”.
Orbán added that he was convinced that Serbia could become a European Union member by the end of the next four-year parliamentary cycle.
Hungary will continue in its commitment to further developing bilateral ties and deepening its strategic partnership with Serbia, Orbán said.
VMSZ election victory ‘message to nation’
The ethnic Hungarian VMSZ party’s victory at the general elections of Serbia this weekend “is a message to the whole of the nation”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a letter congratulating VMSZ head István Pásztor.
Orbán welcomed the results, saying that
Vojvodina (Vajdaság) Hungarians showed that they “believe in the power of unity and have the strength to shape their own life”,
the PM’s press office quoted him as saying.
VMSZ has turned out to be Vojvodina’s third strongest party, the letter said, and suggested that the community could double their seats in the Serbian parliament as a result of “hard and persistent work in recent year”, the letter said.
Vojvodina Hungarians scored ‘historic success’ at elections
The Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians (VMSZ) scored a “historic success” at the elections in Serbia over the weekend, the state secretary in charge of ethnic Hungarian communities abroad said.
VMSZ scored better results on Sunday than at any previous elections, Árpád János Potapi said.
The party garnered nearly 70,000 votes and rather than the previous four, it is expected to have nine representatives in the republic’s parliament, he added.
The 2011 census showed that some 250,000 ethnic Hungarians live in Vojvodina.
Potápi congratulated VMSZ which he said had been strengthened by its leader István Pásztor in recent years, making it into a political party that can keep together all ethnic Hungarians in Vojvodina.