Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has congratulated Norbert Hofer on his election as the leader of Austria’s Freedom Party (FPÖ), the prime minister’s press chief, said on Monday.
“I trust that strategic cooperation between [ruling] Fidesz and the Austrian Freedom Party … will continue in the future, and we can maintain friendly ties based on mutual confidence and Christian-Conservative values,” Bertalan Havasi quoted Orbán as saying in a letter to Hofer.
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Orbán said that Europe, including Austria and Hungary, faced major challenges such as Europe’s “diminishing role in the global economy” and “the threat of migration endangering our borders”.
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Hofer, who has acted as the party’s interim leader, won 98 percent of votes at a party congress in Graz last weekend.
In the featured photo: Viktor Orbán and Norbert Hofer in Budapest. Photo via Viktor Orbán’s FB page