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War Next Door Boosts Orban Campaign to Keep Power in Hungary

  • Hungarian parties hold biggest rallies before April 3 election
  • Orban is touting himself as the man for peace and security
Viktor Orban

Viktor Orban

Photographer: Attila Kisbendek/AFP/Getty Images  

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban rallied his supporters behind a message of peace and security as he tried to lock in gains in opinion polls less than three weeks before an election.

Tuesday’s national holiday in Hungary saw the biggest events of the campaign, with Orban addressing a crowd outside Parliament in Budapest and his opponents hosting a rival demonstration in another part of the city. What wasn’t expected just a few week ago, though, was that a war in Ukraine would turn out to be the key issue.