Current Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban gives a statement to the media after leaving a polling station during Hungarian parliamentary election in Budapest, Hungary, April 8, 2018. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
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Orban, Hungary's longest-serving post-communist premier, strongly opposes deeper integration of the bloc.His critics said his stance has fuelled xenophobia in Hungary.After casting his vote in a wealthy district of Budapest with his wife, Orban said Hungary's future was at stake in the vote.A strong win for Orban would also boost other right-wing nationalists in Central Europe, in Poland and in neighbouring Austria, and expose cracks in the 28-nation EU.On Friday, at his closing campaign rally, Orban vowed to protect his nation from Muslim migrants.There is also a slight chance that the fragmented opposition could strip Fidesz of its parliament majority if voters frustrated with Orban's policies choose tactical voting in the 106 constituencies.It said pragmatism was likely to prevail given the importance of EU structural funds for Hungary which would probably avoid an all-out conflict with the EU.
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