Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has won a fifth term in office after claiming victory in the national elections on Sunday night.
The 58-year-old, who has been branded Vladimir Putin’s sole European ally for refusing to condemn the Ukrainian invasion, said it was a “huge victory” for his right-wing Fidesz party.
In a 10-minute speech to supporters in Budapest, Mr Orban said: “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.
“We won a victory so big that you can see it from the moon, and you can certainly see it from Brussels,” added Mr Orban, who has often been condemned by the European Union for overseeing the unravelling of democracy and alleged corruption.
Mr Orban also criticised Volodymyr Zelensky, mocking the Ukrainian president as one of the “opponents” he had to “overpower” during his campaign.
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