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Hungarian Prime Minister Wins Fourth Term

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban won a fourth term on Sunday, prevailing on an anti-immigration message to carry his country's biggest turnout election in years.

With 93% of votes counted, Mr. Orban's Fidesz party looked likely to win 133 seats in his 199 seat parliament, Hungary's election office said. At least 68% of the country's eligible voters showed up, many still lined up for hours after polls closed at 7 p.m., and the election was likely to see the post-Communist state's highest turnout since 1994, when the right to vote was still young here.

The issues in the election were stark, each of them galvanizing millions of people to endure lines that surpassed a kilometer in some districts. On the one side, Mr. Orban pounded away at a promise to keep out immigrants—especially Muslims—pointing to the 2015 barbed wire fence he erected across roughly 100 miles of Hungary's southern border.

Voters on the other side said they were tired of a leader who will have governed Hungary for half of its post-Communist history when he finishes his next four-year-term—one who is accused by the European Union and the U.S. State Department of becoming increasingly autocratic. Local opposition also hammered Mr. Orban with corruption allegations that ultimately failed to discourage his base from turning out.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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