Migration rhetoric eclipses key issues in Hungary polls

Mar 28, 2018, 7:17 AM EDT
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán set the tone for a divisive election campaign.
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Hungary, set for the general election on April 8, is witnessing a divisive election campaign as the country’s far-right parties buck issues of corruption, low wages and deteriorating healthcare system with anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, eying a third consecutive term on the far-right plank, set the tone of a xenophobic campaign, warning that his party must win if the country is not to be turned into “ghettos and no-go zones,” notes The Guardian.

Hungary has drawn flak for imitating the Russian and Turkish model of governance, stifling the voice of press, weakening the democracy and lurching towards populism, writes Euro News.