Tens Of Thousands Protest Hungarian Election Results

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban

Men read a samizdat edition of the newspaper Magyar Nemzet in Budapest Thomson Reuters BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Several thousand Hungarians protested in Budapest on Saturday against what organizers said was an unfair election system that gave Prime Minister Viktor Orban another landslide victory at the polls after a "hate campaign" against immigrants.

Mr Orban's resounding win handing him a third consecutive term has been disputed by civil society groups and opposition parties, who say he does not represent the majority of Hungarians. The political opposition is in disarray, civil society is under attack and the news media is nearly fully under the control of the state.

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe has said the election did not offer opposition parties a level playing field amid a host of problems marring a vote that nonetheless generally respected fundamental rights.

Orban's right-wing Eurosceptic party, Fidesz, won two-thirds of the parliamentary seat last week, with the prime minister campaigning heavily on an anti-immigration stance.

Although there was reportedly a large law enforcement presence, the demonstration was peaceful.

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According to AFP reporters at the scene, around 100,000 people took part in the march. He had told a crowd of tens of thousands of supporters that, after the elections, "moral, political and legal amends" would be sought against rivals.

The protesters also wanted to rewrite Hungarian election laws and remove Fidesz's influence from state-run media. "It is awful that they are so weak, unable to reach a compromise and they kill each other instead of joining forces for us".

Orban's ruling right-wing Fidesz party was already the clear victor of the election hours after polls closed last Sunday.

Jobbik and the Socialist-led alliance will take up 26 and 20 seats respectively.

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