Fidesz to initiate special session of parliament over political billboard act
Group leader of ruling Fidesz told public news channel M1 on Friday that he has been given permission by his party to initiate a special session of parliament in connection with a recent law that sought to restrict political advertisements.
Lajos Kósa noted that on Thursday, President János Áder sent the law back to parliament for re-consideration and that MPs have six days to respond to the president’s concerns.
In his letter to parliament, Áder said the law did not establish a legal norm while it contained passages which were either controversial or could not be interpreted or implemented. He called on parliament to re-consider it in its entirety.
Parliament will aim to make a final decision on the law in its special session, Kósa said.
He said it was understandable why the president had sent the law back, noting that stipulations of the law which required a two-thirds majority had failed in Wednesday’s vote and only the ones that required an absolute majority passed. The latter stipulations were solely about “the law’s entry into force and the re-numbering of its sections”, Kósa said.