Orbán is resorting to something he had never done before.
What else can you do if your country is turned into a stale, 20th century autocracy, but you don’t want to leave?
He doesn’t need a referendum. And even though the public is overwhelmingly pro-EU right now, Orbán’s information bubble is complete and it can turn things around at record speed.
“In societies under the post-totalitarian system, all political life in the traditional sense has been eliminated. People have no opportunity to express themselves politically in public, let alone to organize politically. The gap that results is filled by ideological ritual. In such a situation, peoples interest in political matters naturally dwindles and independent political thought, …
The most hopeful development of the 2022 elections was the invalid homophobic referendum and the 1.5 million Hungarians who cast invalid votes to achieve that.
He just allowed Orbán to pay the market price after the elections.
We now have decisive proof that Orbán can not be beaten within his own system.
The opposition won Budapest. They can now brace for the mother of all punishments.
Number of Hungarians abroad registered to vote: Expats in the west (11% pro-Orbán): 62 thousand out of more than half a million Ethnic Hungarians in neighboring countries (96% pro-Orbán): 456 thousand out of 770 thousand
Mail votes cast on the opposition were found in a landfill in Romania. It is not even the first brazen electoral fraud in neighboring countries – and it is still four days before elections at home.