Orban from Hungary accuses EU and US of meddling in 2022 elections

Orban from Hungary accuses EU and US of meddling in 2022 elections

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has accused Brussels and Washington of trying to meddle in Hungarian politics ahead of the parliamentary elections in April next year.
Orban told tens of thousands of supporters at a rally in central Budapest on Saturday that Washington and billionaire George Soros were trying to get the left-wing opposition elected using their money, media and networks.

“What matters is not what they want in Brussels, in Washington and in the media, which are run from abroad. It will be the Hungarians who will decide their own fate, ”said Orban.

“Our strength lies in our unity… we believe in the same values: family, nation and a strong and independent Hungary.

Unity, however, is also what his opponents rely on to eliminate him after a decade in power. For the first time, Orban will face a united front of opposition parties, including the Socialists, the Liberals and the former far-right, now center-right, Jobbik.

The Six-Party Alliance is led by Peter Marki-Zay, a 49-year-old Catholic conservative, father of seven and mayor of a small town who seems to embody the traditional values ​​that Oran publicly defends.

Opinion polls show Orban’s Fidesz party and the opposition alliance are neck and neck, with around a quarter of voters undecided.

Saturday’s anniversary of the 1956 uprising against the Soviet regime gave Orban a symbolic platform for his platform as his Fidesz party intensifies its pre-election campaign.

He flooded the electorate with freebies, including a $ 2 billion income tax cut for families, and stepped up his strong anti-immigration rhetoric.

Hungary has sided with Poland against the EU on media freedoms, rule of law issues and LGBTQ rights, while maintaining that it has no intention of leaving the block.

“Brussels talks to us and treats us, along with the Poles, as if we are an enemy… Well, it’s time for them in Brussels to understand that even the Communists could not defeat us,” Orban told the acclaimed supporters, who saluted the national flag and waved banners with slogans such as “Brussels equals dictatorship”.

At another opposition rally, Marki-Zay said if elected his government would draft a new constitution, crack down on corruption, introduce the euro and guarantee media freedom.

“This regime has become morally untenable… the momentum we have now should take us until April 2022,” he said.


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