“Composure, experience and predictability in the present situation are worth gold,” PM Viktor Orbán said in a campaign rally yesterday in Székesfehérvár. “This is not the time for experimentation.” Hungary, he said, was dealing with coronavirus, the war in its immediate neighbourhood, and was also contending with a “deep economic crisis in Europe”.
Orbán said that his government had a good track record of handling crises since taking office in 2010, referring to the toxic red sludge spill, heavy flooding on the Danube and Tisza rivers, and the migration and refugee crises.
Turning to the national referendum to be held on the country’s child protection law in parallel with Sunday’s election, Orbán said the plebiscite would be at least as important as the parliamentary election.
“We must make it clear on Sunday that the mother is a woman, the father is a man, and everyone should leave our children alone,”
he said, stressing the need to protect families and halt the “gender madness”, which he said was noticeably generating more and more trouble to the west of Hungary.
This referendum will settle a highly important issue in Hungary in the long term, Orbán said. “A red line must be drawn when it comes to children. No one should be allowed to deprive parents of the right to [decide about their child’s] sex education,” the prime minister said.
“If we do our job in the next two days, we can win the referendum and the general election, ensuring Hungary’s peace and staying out of the war,”
Orbán said. “In 39 hours, we will have to go and take our friends, our colleagues and our family members to the polls in an election that will decide Hungary’s future in the next four years,” he added.
“We have done our job honourably, we are prepared spiritually and physically, and now all we have to do is defeat our opponents, protect our families, protect Hungary, and protect Hungary’s peace and security!” the prime minister said.