Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks during a press conference in Budapest, Hungary, April 10, 2018.
The Hungarian government has set up anti-immigration billboards across the country, though it has the third-lowest level of immigration of the EU's 28 countries. Named after the Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros, who Orban has accused of trying to flood Europe with refugees, the bill is aimed at limiting, and potentially preventing, foreign funding of non-governmental organizations and penalizing those seen as supporting illegal immigration.
Orban's government has already attracted controversy for what critics call its erosion of media and judicial independence, as well as its crackdown on civil society organisations, in particular those linked to liberal Hungarian-born U.S. billionaire George Soros. OSCE monitors said that "xenophobic rhetoric" and "media bias" in the campaign impaired voters' ability to make an informed choice.
German MEP Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann, of the Socialists and Democrats grouping, said Orban had been "very successful with a campaign of fear against migrants". During the recent election campaign he ramped up his attacks on financier and philanthropist George Soros as the malign mastermind of a "global elite" in cahoots with the European Union to let in floods of foreigners.
"It is not their task to give a political opinion on the Hungarian election campaign... and to judge the government's campaign", he said.
Nevertheless, the mission found that on election day the technical process of organizing the vote was professional and transparent.
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Whilst not providing precise details on these changes, Mr Orban said it would include "in a large part with new people and a new structures".
French National Front leader Marine Le Pen said Orban's victory was yet another rejection of "the change of values and the mass immigration extolled by the European Union". Poland's deputy foreign minister and envoy to the EU, Konrad Szymanski, hailed his victory as "a confirmation of Central Europe's emancipation policy".
According to preliminary results with 99 per cent of votes counted, National Election Office data showed Fidesz winning 134 seats, a two-thirds majority in the 199-seat parliament. The Eurosceptic and anti-immigrant party has, therefore, secured its third consecutive term as the country's ruling party.
And the Prime Minister confirmed his anti-immigration stance during the run up to the election, stating: "We will never allow Hungary to become a target country for immigrants".
Elisabeth Katalin Grabow, a Hungarian-German journalist, said she and her Ghanaian boyfriend are fearful.
Poland and Hungary see each other as key allies in their battles with European Union institutions. Since coming to power in 2010, his government has locked horns with the European Commission over reforms that critics say have eroded democratic checks and balances and weakened the independence of the media. The high turnout, he said, had "cast aside all doubts".