The elections of 2016 and 2020 were choke full of accusations of election tampering….from Russia and even some theories that China was also involved…..and the trend of accusations has gone international.
This time it is Hungary….the candidate has accused Ukraine of tampering in their recent election…..
Hungary has accused Ukraine of attempting to interfere in its upcoming election, claiming the government is working with local leftists to sway the race in favor of opposition parties. Kiev denied the charge, though has condemned Budapest for not taking a harder line against the Russian invasion.
In a social media post on Wednesday, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said there is “ongoing coordination” between left-wing parties and Ukrainian officials, adding that opposition figures plan to throw more support to Kiev should they win the April 3 election. He provided no evidence to back the assertion, but claimed the meddling was discussed in an intercepted call between Ukrainian diplomats.
“The Hungarian left made a promise that if they were in government, they would immediately decide on the transfer of armaments to Ukraine and immediately vote in favor of sanctions on oil and gas shipments to Europe and Hungary,” the FM said.
It appears that Orban has won the election…and the accusations continue…..
Prime Minister Viktor Orban declared victory in Sunday’s national elections, claiming a mandate for a fourth term as a partial vote count predicted a strong lead for his right-wing party. In a 10-minute speech to Fidesz party officials and supporters at an election night event in Budapest, Orban addressed a crowd cheering “Viktor!” and declared it was a “huge victory” for his party. “We won a victory so big that you can see it from the moon, and you can certainly see it from Brussels,” said Orban, who has often been condemned by the European Union for democratic backsliding and alleged corruption, the AP reports.
“The whole world has seen tonight in Budapest that Christian democratic politics, conservative civic politics, and patriotic politics have won. We are telling Europe that this is not the past, this is the future,” Orban said. While votes were still being tallied, it appeared clear that the question was not whether Orban’s Fidesz party would take the election, but by how much. With 75% of votes tallied, his coalition had won 54.5%, while a pro-European opposition coalition, United for Hungary, had nearly 34%, according to the National Election Office. It appeared possible that Fidesz would win another constitutional majority, allowing it to keep making deep changes to the Central European nation.
Orban is a longtime ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and was criticized this weekend by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for not taking a stand against Russia’s invasion. “He is virtually the only one in Europe to openly support Mr. Putin,” Zelensky said. The election was expected to be the closest since Orban took power in 2010, after Hungary’s six main opposition parties put aside their ideological differences to form a united front against Fidesz. Voters were electing lawmakers to the country’s 199-seat parliament. In a surprise, radical right-wing party Our Homeland Movement appeared to have garnered more than 6% of the vote, exceeding the 5% threshold needed to gain seats in parliament.
The key to this situation is the fact that Orban is an ally to Putin, Vlad the Invader…..this could be significant as this conflict drags out.
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I watched an in-depth report on Hungary late one night on the BBC. Most ‘ordinary people’ interviewed happily supported Orban. They cited the reasons that he wants to keep out of the war in Ukraine, continue to import cheap Russian gas and oil products, and also that he did not take many (brown skinned) refugees from conflicts before Ukraine. Hungary seems to be moving futher to the right, and Orban’s undeniable victory will only accelerate that process. I think he should be asked to leave both NATO, and the EU, for refusing to support joint policies.
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This could be an interesting turn….Hungary is a Putin supporter…..and a member of NATO….keep an eye on that situation when all this Ukraine stuff is over. chuq