After the opening remark above, Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán continued at Fidesz's central election night rally in events centre Bálna in Budapest:
"The election was not only about Budapest, so please, allow me to thank each an every citizen who had cast their ballots at this election. I congratulate all the winners."
Orbán added that this was a difficult campaign, a great and open political battle, "as it needs to be in a democracy," and that Fidesz still managed to gain over 50% of the overall votes.
The Prime Minister thanked István Tarlós for his nine years leading Budapest, saying "We will never forget that you were the one to drag this town out of bankruptcy." He added:
"For nine years, it was a tradition that the Lord Mayor of Budapest hails from the governing party. Budapest now decided otherwise, but we will acknowledge this decision and we are ready to cooperate."
Orbán then listed Fidesz's successes:
therefore as Orbán assessed, Fidesz is still the strongest party n the country, and added:
"We can count on the Hungarian countryside, and the Hungarian countryside can count on us."
Concluding his speech, the Prime Minister noted that within Fidesz, this is the time to evaluate and analyse the results, and shape Fidesz's policies based on the findings. He thanked Fidesz's activists and reiterated that Fidesz is the strongest party of Hungary.
Viktor Orbán exited the stage accompanied by a thunderous applause.