>> Hungary's right-wing strongman Viktor Orban has won a third straight term in power. In Sunday elections, in his one-issue, anti-immigration campaign secured his party a strong majority in Parliament. Early results show his Fidesz Party took two thirds of the seats. Orban's image struck a chord with millions of voters, especially in rural areas.
That of a savior of Hungary's Christian culture standing against a tide of Muslim migration into Europe. A large crowd cheered on his victory speech in Budapest.>>
> There is a big battle behind us. We've won a crucial victory, been given a chance, a chance to defend Hungary.
>> Pollsters predicted a high turnout could have meant Orban losing a parliament majority. But these polls saw a 70% turnout, more than the past three votes. The win and the high turnout could empower Orban to push for a Central European alliance against migration policies held by the European Union.
Orban opposes deeper EU integration and, along with Poland, has been a fierce critic of Brussels' policy on migrants. As for the opposition, none are projected to hold a significant wedge In parliament. The entire leadership of the socialist party resigned after the Sunday vote, and after finishing a distant second, the head of the formerly far-right Jobbik party also stepped down.
Among the first to congratulate Orban, France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen tweeting quote, mass immigration as promoted by the EU is rejected again.