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Hungary: Orban says EP elections will make it clear that 'we reject migration' after casting vote in Budapest01:45

Hungary: Orban says EP elections will make it clear that 'we reject migration' after casting vote in Budapest

Hungary, Budapest
May 26, 2019 at 09:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hungarian President Viktor Orban cast his vote in the European elections in Sunday in Budapest alongside his wife Aniko Levai. He expects Hungary's election results will send a clear anti-migration message to Brussels, he told the press as he left the polling station.

"We will give a very clear opinion that we reject migration and we would like to see leaders in position of European Union who reject the migration, who would like to stop it and not to manage it," he said.

"I hope that there will be a shift in the European public arena in favour of those political parties who would like to stop the migration."

A total of 751 Members of the European Parliament will be elected over the weekend, representing 512 million citizens of the 28 member states. Polling stations in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom were the first to open on Thursday, while 21 EU countries are holding their election on Sunday.

Brexit and the rise of right-wing populism loom large over the bloc's ninth parliamentary elections since 1979, while turnout has steadily dwindled since the first elections, from 62 percent in the inaugural elections to 43 percent in 2014.

Hungary's turnout has dropped from 39 percent in 2004 to 29 percent in 2014.

Hungary: Orban says EP elections will make it clear that 'we reject migration' after casting vote in Budapest01:45
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Hungarian President Viktor Orban cast his vote in the European elections in Sunday in Budapest alongside his wife Aniko Levai. He expects Hungary's election results will send a clear anti-migration message to Brussels, he told the press as he left the polling station.

"We will give a very clear opinion that we reject migration and we would like to see leaders in position of European Union who reject the migration, who would like to stop it and not to manage it," he said.

"I hope that there will be a shift in the European public arena in favour of those political parties who would like to stop the migration."

A total of 751 Members of the European Parliament will be elected over the weekend, representing 512 million citizens of the 28 member states. Polling stations in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom were the first to open on Thursday, while 21 EU countries are holding their election on Sunday.

Brexit and the rise of right-wing populism loom large over the bloc's ninth parliamentary elections since 1979, while turnout has steadily dwindled since the first elections, from 62 percent in the inaugural elections to 43 percent in 2014.

Hungary's turnout has dropped from 39 percent in 2004 to 29 percent in 2014.

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