Viktor Orban Wins Fourth Term as Hungarian Prime Minister

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban claimed victory Sunday night in the country’s parliamentary election after campaigning on an anti-immigration platform.

With 92% of the vote counted, the coalition led by Orban’s ruling party, Fidesz, was projected to win 133 seats out of the 199 seats in Parliament, a supermajority according to the country’s National Election Office.

Orban, who will win his fourth term, is already Hungary’s longest-serving leader since the fall of communism in 1989. He has transformed Fidesz from a liberal party formed in the 1980s to a right-wing populist outfit.

The Fidesz-led coalition is in the lead with 48% of the votes, figures showed.

The right-wing opposition party Jobbik is in second place with 19.2 % of the votes, the National Election Office said. The party’s disappointing performance has prompted party president Gabor Vona to announce he will resign on Monday.

Orban claimed victory in an address to Fidesz supporters in Budapest. He and Fidesz were expected to be swept back into power.

Polls had showed Fidesz far ahead of Jobbik, which has recently sought to moderate its policies and image to differentiate itself from Fidesz as that party moved to the right.

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SOURCE: CNN, Darran Simon and Lonzo Cook