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The 30th congress of ruling Fidesz re-elected Prime Minister Viktor Orbán as the party’s leader on Saturday. In his speech to the congress, Orbán said it was an “honour” to be given the mandate to lead the “most successful political community of the country, of Europe”. Orbán, who has been leading Fidesz since 2003 without interruption, said trust was always an honour, even after so many years. His last mandate two years ago, he said, had been to lead Fidesz and KDNP to victory in the elections and to form a government that would continue building a strong and sovereign Hungary. “We are in the middle of that cycle … we don’t change horses midway, especially if they pull in the right direction and are still going strong. I am happy to report to congress: the government and I are both going strong, definitely strong enough to manage the remaining two-and-a-half years.” Regarding the next congress in 2025, he said: “I continue to be in my best years, and plan to remain so in 2025.”
The congress elected as deputy party leaders Gábor Kubatov, Szilárd Németh, Lajos Kósa and MEP Kinga Gál.