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Hungary: Protesters Reject Re-Election Prime Minister Orban, Lack of Media Freedom

Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the Hungarian parliament in Budapest to protest the re-election of right-wing nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban Tuesday. The protesters have criticized Orban for limiting freedom of the press, showing hostility toward migrants and manipulating election rules in favor of his party.

Orban is due to be elected prime minister Thursday in a vote expected to be a formality, and address parliament. His Fidesz party holds 133 of 199 parliamentary seats. Orban is the longest-serving premier in post-communist Hungary.

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Protesters shout slogans during a rally as members of parliament hold the opening session after the recent election in Budapest, Hungary May 8, 2018.
Protesters shout slogans during a rally as members of parliament hold the opening session after the recent election in Budapest, Hungary May 8, 2018. Photo:Reuters
A participant wears a T-shirt, depicting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, during a protest near the building of parliament, which holds the opening session after the recent election in Budapest, Hungary May 8, 2018.
A participant wears a T-shirt, depicting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, during a protest near the building of parliament, which holds the opening session after the recent election in Budapest, Hungary May 8, 2018. Photo:Reuters
Protesters gather as members of parliament hold the opening session after the recent election in Budapest, Hungary May 8, 2018.
Protesters gather as members of parliament hold the opening session after the recent election in Budapest, Hungary May 8, 2018.
People attend a protest against the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest, Hungary May 8, 2018.
People attend a protest against the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest, Hungary May 8, 2018. Photo:Reuters
Policemen stand guard during a protest against the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest, Hungary May 8, 2018.
Policemen stand guard during a protest against the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Budapest, Hungary May 8, 2018. Photo:Reuters
The protesters have criticized Orban for limiting freedom of the press, showing hostility toward migrants and manipulating election rules in favor of his party.
The protesters have criticized Orban for limiting freedom of the press, showing hostility toward migrants and manipulating election rules in favor of his party. Photo:Reuters
Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the Hungarian parliament in Budapest to voice their opinions.
Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the Hungarian parliament in Budapest to voice their opinions. Photo:Reuters
Published 8 May 2018
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