(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has won in a landslide re-election despite meddling by billionaire George Soros, the Last Refuge reported.
“We won a victory so big that you can see it from the moon, and you can certainly see it from Brussels,” Orban said.
Orban, who has been called “the Hungarian version of Trump,” won his fourth consecutive term, has been an outspoken critic of Soros and has “flouted western norms,” the Guardian reported.
“It has previously had a two-thirds supermajority that has enabled it to radically restructure the country’s politics and social policies during its 12-year reign, transforming Hungary into a self-styled ‘illiberal democracy’ that has flouted western norms and frequently been at odds with the EU.”
“A similar victory would come despite mounting international criticism of Orbán for failing to wholeheartedly condemn Vladimir Putin over Russia’s war on Ukraine.”
The security of this election may be due to a grassroots civic initiative in Hungary that recruited more than 20,000 ballot-counters as an extra measure to ensure fairness.
The effort attempted to place at least two volunteer ballot-counters in each of Hungary’s polling places, of which there were more than 10,000.
Orban and his Fidesz party has held a nearly uninterrupted two-thirds majority in Hungary’s parliament since 2010. This recent election was the closest since he took power.
Let’s Count Together, an organization that trains ballot-counters, proved to be an important piece of the election:
“The counting process is actually quite important because even in those elections where the general public thought that it wasn’t a close election … in some of the constituencies we had very small margins between the candidates,” said Adam Sanyo, a data analyst who trains ballot counters.