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Hungarian president asks PM Viktor Orban to form new government

Hungarian president asks PM Viktor Orban to form new government

Hungary’s prime minister Victor Orban was asked by President to form the country’s next government. Orban’s sweeping victory in the parliamentary election last month proved his ability to rule the country, Reuters reported.

Ater Orban’s victory, his Fidesz party now holds 133 of 199 seats in the new parliament that will enable Fidesz to pass any laws. At least, it will have the support of two-thirds of the votes for any vote, even the most controversial laws.

Hungarian Parliament will hold its first session on Tuesday where Orban will be officially elected prime minister again.

“The main task of the new government will be to preserve Hungary’s security and Christian culture,”

PM Orban told a news conference after he was asked by the president to form a new government. The 54-year-old prime minister gave an interview on Friday, he said that his party aimed at the strengthening a “Christian democracy”. In particular, Mr Orban said:

“We are working on building an old-school Christian democracy, rooted in European traditions … we believe in the importance of the nation, and in Hungary we do not want to yield ground to any supranational business or political empire.”

During the elections, Orban has accused non-governmental organisations (NGOs) funded by Budapest-born billionaire George Soros of political meddling and actively supporting migration. He said any organisation involved in the migration issue would have to seek clearance from national security authorities.

One of the first new laws expected to be passed by parliament is a “Stop Soros” bill, which would impose a 25 percent tax on foreign donations to NGOs that back migration.

Soros has said the attacks against him were “lies and distortions” and were designed to create a false external enemy, a common practice for the political games.