Updated 07:59, Thursday, May 10, 2018
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) – The Hungarian parliament has elected incumbent Prime Minister Viktor Orban for the third time in a row on Thursday.
Orbán's party Fidesz, a small ally, won 133 out of 199 seats in the legislature on April 8, an overwhelming majority that allowed them to change the constitution unchallenged.
Orban, who has introduced an increasingly autocratic style of governance since returning to power in 2010, was elected by a vote of 134-28, with some of the opposition parties boycotting the meeting.
Orban, who took his oath of office immediately after the vote, outlined the goals of his government in the coming years.
He reiterated his criticism of liberal democracies and said that their era had been partially ended by their inability to "uphold Christian culture." In contrast, he said his new government would seek to build a "Christian democracy."
Orban also reiterated his view that mass migration to Europe would destroy the continent, claiming that thousands of paid activists, politicians and bureaucrats in Brussels are working to turn migration into a basic human right.
"I am convinced that migration will eventually lead to the dissolution of nations and states," Orban said. "National languages are weakening, borders are dwindling, national cultures are being dissolved and one open society will remain."
The 54-year-old also said that Hungary wants to play a more important role in determining the future of the EU.
"We need the EU and the EU needs us," Orban said. "That's why, as a modeler, we're ready to participate in the changes that the EU can not avoid, even if it wants."
Regarding domestic issues, Orban said he hopes to increase the Hungarian standard of living for the EU by 2030 among the top five countries in the EU while making the country one of the five most competitive countries in the EU. He promised to continue large-scale road construction, to attract investors to increase production and exports in Hungary, improve health care and strengthen the armed forces.
Orban has already outlined some of the forthcoming first steps of his new term, including a constitutional amendment giving Parliament the last word on all efforts to settle foreigners in the country, and a package of so-called Stop Soros laws, the non-governmental groups Working with refugees and asylum seekers, would severely restrict.
Last year, the Orban government launched propaganda campaigns against the Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros and the groups he supports, accusing them of bringing a large number of migrants to Europe, an indictment they reject.
Officials have also outlined a more central government structure, creating a new unit within Orban's office to more closely monitor the functioning of the government.