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Hungarian PM names new deputies amid anti-immigration push

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban attends an international press conference in the parliament building of Budapest on April 10, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, one of the most vociferous opponents of Muslims in Europe, says his new government will soon bring forward tighter immigration rules.

Orban named Interior Minister Sandor Pinter and Economy Minister Mihaly Varga as deputy prime ministers on Friday.

He told public radio that Pinter would be responsible for national security under a revamped structure at the top of his cabinet and Varga would serve as a guarantee for financial stability and predictability.

Orban, who won a third term in power in an April landslide, told the radio that his main political objectives were not changed.

The prime minister, who has for years waged a campaign against migration into Europe, has previously pledged to turn Hungary into “a Christian democracy.”

He said that his anti-refugee stance is gaining support within the bloc, and has demanded a stronger say in the EU’s future.

His government, a recipient of EU funds, refuses to take in refugees under a plan agreed by a majority of EU leaders in 2015 to relocate refugees from frontline countries, Italy and Greece.

Far-right parties have gained support in Europe during the recent years, benefiting from a refugee crisis in Europe, which began to hit the continent two years ago.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has expressed deep fears about the rise of far-right, nationalist parties in Europe.

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