Thousands protest against re-election of prime minister in Hungary

HUNGARY (OBSERVATORY) –┬áThousands of demonstrators marched in Budapest on Saturday to protest the re-election of Victor Urban, who was accused of rigging the legislative elections last week, according to Agence France-Presse reporters.

Demonstrators marched in the center of the Hungarian capital to parliament where they were to organize a rally called “We Are the Majority”.

“We want to live in a state of law where there are balances of power … we want to live in a real democracy,” said 20-year-old protest organizer Victor Gitvai.

“If our requests are not met we will not be able to live in this country, this is our last chance to do something for this country,” he told AFP.

About 100,000 people took part in the rally, AFP correspondents estimated.

Civil society groups say Orban does not represent the majority of the 10 million Hungarians. The participation rate in the elections was 68.80%.

OSCE monitors criticized the election, which was marred by “anti-xenophobic rhetoric, media bias and vague funding for election campaigns.”

The 54-year-old, who is attacking the “invasion of immigrants”, multiculturalism and the supposed intervention of Brussels, embodies the European right, which is shunned by restrictions.

His opponents say he has curtailed the independence of the judiciary, the mouthpiece of the press and the electoral system.

With 99 percent of the vote counted, Orban won about 50 percent of it, ahead of the ultra-nationalist Yubik party (19 percent) and the left-wing Socialist-led coalition, which won 12 percent.

Orban appears to have secured a two-thirds majority, as in 2010 and 2014, allowing him to pass constitutional amendments.

The alleged irregularities at some polling stations and the interruption of the electronic voting system prompted some opposition parties to demand a recount.

Organizers of the protest march, most of them students who organized several previous demonstrations this year, demand a recount of votes, a neutral public information body and the unification of the opposition.