In a post on Fidesz’s official Facebook page yesterday, the party claimed that “98 percent of Hungarians decided to reject the quota,” reports Propeller.hu, news that surely came as a surprise to the 60 percent of the eligible voting population who didn’t go to vote. Apparently they no longer count as Hungarians in the eyes of Hungary’s ruling party.
Sunday’s anti-EU refugee resettlement quota referendum failed to generate the minimum 50 percent participation to be valid under Hungarian law. Only 40 percent of eligible voters cast a valid ballot, while over 5 million people decided not to participate. Since the vote, Fidesz has been parading the failed referendum as a “historic victory” for Hungary, and a mandate to the government to change the constitution.
98 percent of those casting a valid ballot voted “no” to refugee resettlement quotas (a proposal abandoned by the EU some time ago), and it is that 98 percent that Fidesz trumpets as the Hungarians who decided to reject the quotas.