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"This has happened, so we feel authorized to pass the law". He fired a volley at the European Union to stop lecturing the Hungarian government over its shift to the right, adding: "I've always thought that this policy of arrogance and paternalism with respect to other member states is wrong".

Also among Orban's likely targets are Hungary's remaining independent media, the courts that have made numerous rulings the government did not like and a university founded by Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros.

It could go ahead with the bill submitted to parliament before the election to impose a 25 percent tax on foreign donations to NGOs that the government says back migration in Hungary. Their activity would have to be approved by the interior minister, who could deny permission if he saw a "national security risk". Soros has rejected the campaign against him as "distortions and lies".

"The election, in my view, also. decided that the Hungarian government must stand up for a Europe of nations and not for a 'United States of Europe, '" the PM said. "Hungary has become a successful laboratory of illiberal governance with an institutional system tailor-made to serve Fidesz's purposes and goals", it said. "Voters had a wide range of political options, but intimidating and xenophobic rhetoric, media bias and opaque campaign financing constricted the space for genuine political debate", the OSCE, which monitored the vote, said.

Nevertheless, the mission found that on election day the technical process of organizing the vote was professional and transparent.

A spokesman said Juncker would write to Orban to congratulate him on his "clear victory" and would hold telephone talks with him.

Whilst not providing precise details on these changes, Mr Orban said it would include "in a large part with new people and a new structures". French far-right leader Marine Le Pen was the first to congratulate Orban.

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Poland's deputy foreign minister said the win confirmed central Europe's "emancipation" while anti-migrant Czech President Milos Zeman's spokesman hailed "another defeat for the dehumanised politics and hate media".

After the Fidesz party secured a strong majority in the country's parliament in Sunday's elections, there have been reports that the new government could adopt a legislation to ban migration-friendly, non-governmental organizations on Hungarian soil.

"We are grateful for the observations", he said.

With nearly all votes counted, a two-party coalition led by Mr Orban's Fidesz party had captured 134 of 199 seats in parliament, one more than the two thirds of seats required to amend the constitution. Jobbik, a nationalist party that is now tacking to the centre, came second with 26 and a Socialist-led coalition third, with 20. The final result is expected later this month.

Poland and Hungary see each other as key allies in their battles with European Union institutions.

Orbán's government has been accused at home and overseas of centralizing power and undermining democratic checks and balances, with the OSCE also raising concerns following the 2014 parliamentary election. The high turnout, he said, had "cast aside all doubts". "This is terrifyingly serious".


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