Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Soros Organisations Seeking to 'Break Hungary' Ahead of Sunday Election, Says Government

Soros Organisations Seeking to 'Break Hungary' Ahead of Sunday Election, Says Government

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is expected to win his third consecutive term, and fourth overall since 1998, as voting stations opened across the country for the election of 199 parliamentary deputies.

Members of the local election committee check ballots at a polling station during the general election in Debrecen, Hungary, Sunday, April 8, 2018.

Heartened by a recent poll showing more Hungarians would prefer for Orban to go than to stay, the opposition has shifted its focus from coordination to get-out-the-vote campaigns.

Clad in a green summer jacket and white shirt, Jobbik leader Gabor Vona, 39, arrived to vote in the eastern Hungarian city of Gyongyos, his home town and the district where he is likely to win a seat.

But he added that since all parties, including Fidesz, had mobilized intensively, it did not necessarily mean Orban was threatened with defeat.

"We are celebrating democracy and it seems like this feast will be attractive because many of us are taking part", said Gergely Karacsony, the leading candidate of the left-wing Socialist and Dialogue parties. He claims the European Union, the U.N., Hungarian-American financier George Soros and the civic groups he sponsors are all conspiring to force Hungary to take in thousands of mainly Muslim migrants to weaken its independence and its Christian identity and culture.

Most were passing through to reach other European Union countries, but the massive influx was seen as disruptive and unwelcome by the Hungarian government.

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But as Chairman of the Party, Vona has gradually brought Jobbik into the mainstream in the hope of widening its political base.

"We love our country and we are fighting for our country", he said.

"It's all a huge delusion", said Gergely Karacsony, the prime ministerial candidate of the Socialist Party and his own Dialogue party.

'Today will decide whether Hungary becomes an emigrant country or not - and I wouldn't like Hungary to be an emigrant country, ' Mr Vona said.

Orban is expected to continue his economic policies, with income tax cuts and incentives to boost growth, analysts have said. "Someone who is angry with him can only show it by not going to the polls". The opposition Socialist Party urged authorities to "at least distribute water" in districts where voters were waiting in line, sometimes for hours.

The prime minister's campaign has been centered around anti-immigration policies. "But the people living there did not have the opportunity to vote on admitting migrants, however the people of Hungary have already voiced their opinion on the matter during the course of the National Consultation". "This is about the social model which has solidified in Hungary".

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