Orban Wins Sweeping Majority, and Control of Hungary’s Constitution

Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary, who has set about transforming this former Soviet bloc member from a vibrant democracy into a semi-autocratic state under one political party’s control, appeared to have won a sweeping victory in national elections on Sunday, with 93 percent of the vote counted.

By securing two-thirds of the seats in Parliament, Mr. Orban’s Fidesz party — along with its ally, the Christian Democrats —— now has the power to change the Constitution and further bend the nation to his will.

"Hungary won a big victory," Mr. Orban said in his victory speech to a crowd of supporters gathered on the bank of the Danube just before midnight. He added that there was still "a big fight ahead" but that the parliamentary majority would allow him to continue to protect Hungary.

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