BUDAPEST, Oct three (Reuters) – Beneath hearth from opposition events, Viktor Orban stated on Monday he would amend the structure to make sure the European Union can’t settle migrants in Hungary after Sunday’s referendum despite the fact that turnout was too low to make the vote legitimate.

The end result disadvantaged the maverick right-wing prime minister of a clear-cut victory with which to problem EU migrant quotas and the novel nationalist Jobbik occasion referred to as on him to stop.

Jobbik stated Sunday’s referendum, through which the federal government stated quotas have been rejected by 98.three % of voters however solely 40 % of eligible Hungarians solid a sound vote, was a fiasco that provided a “trump card” to Brussels. Not less than 50 % turnout within the plebiscite was required to legitimize the end result.

Together with different ex-Communist international locations in japanese Europe, Hungary opposes a coverage that may require all EU states to absorb a few of the a whole bunch of hundreds of primarily Muslim migrants searching for asylum within the bloc after arriving final 12 months.

Orban advised parliament the referendum had achieved its objective as extra Hungarians, some three.28 million, repudiated the migrant quotas than had voted for EU membership in a 2003 referendum.

He stated 1 million extra voters supported his authorities’s migration coverage now than voted for his Fidesz occasion within the 2014 parliamentary election, when he was returned to energy.

“This choice, this help (from the individuals) obliges me to behave on it,” Orban advised parliament as opposition lawmakers hissed and booed.

“Fidesz and the Christian Democratic Social gathering consider the suitable, sincere and needed step is to present authorized weight to the desire of the individuals … Due to this fact, I’m initiating an modification to the structure,” he stated, with out elaborating.

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Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban casts his poll subsequent to his spouse Aniko Levai inside a polling station throughout a referendum on EU migrant quotas in Budapest, Hungary, October 2, 2016.


Jobbik chairman Gabor Vona has repeatedly referred to as for a constitutional modification to protectHungary from migrant quotas imposed by the European Fee.

“Since yesterday you (Orban) have turn into a failed politician … You’ll not be taken critically by Brussels bureaucrats,” Vona stated in parliament on Monday. “Brussels will ruthlessly exploit your irresponsibility and mistake.”

Vona stated EU authorities would zero in on the truth that the referendum failed legally, and this is able to weaken Hungary’s bargaining place in EU deliberations on migrant coverage.

The European Fee stated it took observe of Hungary’s referendum and it was as much as Budapest to take care of the result.

Vona additionally stated the referendum end result ended a period through which Orban’s authorities may use the migration subject to distract consideration from all of Hungary’s issues underneath its watch, together with severe corruption and emigration as a result of low wages.

Orban has led resistance to the stance taken by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has stated EU states have an obligation to share the burden of taking in refugees.

He responded to the inflow final 12 months by sealing Hungary’s southern borders with a razor-wire fence and deploying hundreds of troopers and police.

In energy since 2010 and along with his occasion nonetheless firmly forward in opinion polls, Orban may nonetheless use the referendum to maintain the difficulty of migration on the political agenda within the run-up to the 2018 election, some analysts say.

Many Hungarians have been disenchanted with Sunday’s final result.

“What’s at stake is the way forward for the nation. The individuals ought to have voted for the way forward for our youngsters and but many individuals have been too lazy to go to vote. They need to be ashamed of themselves,” stated Istvan Nemeth, a lawyer in Budapest.

Orban says deciding whether or not to just accept migrants is a matter of nationwide sovereignty. He saysHungary – with its Christian roots – doesn’t wish to absorb Muslims in massive numbers as they pose a safety threat.

Human rights teams criticized Orban’s authorities for stoking fears and xenophobia with an aggressive marketing campaign forward of the referendum.