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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán defends his policies after big election win

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán defends his policies after big election win

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Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s newly re-elected prime minister, has promised to pursue his transformation of the former Communist bloc country.

In his first press conference since Sunday’s win, the leader of the centre-right Fidesz Party claimed the result ratified his government’s policies over the past four years.

Euronews asked Orbán if the vote for Fidesz will result in less tension between Hungary and the EU.

“You (the journalists) think this (conflict) is something extraordinary, which is unnatural,” he replied. “We, however, think it is normal and necessary. The EU is not a super state. The EU is a playing field, with rules and regulations, where every country tries to achieve its best interests, so they get into conflicts with each other and with the EU.”

But although Fidesz won by an overwhelming majority, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) international election monitors have criticised the campaigning process.

In a preliminary report released on Monday, they say that balloting was “efficiently administered” and gave voters a “diverse choice” but that restrictive campaign rules and “biased media coverage” disadvantaged opposition parties.