The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) is re-submitting an amendment proposal to postpone the parliamentary election of Hungary’s president until after the general election in the spring of 2022, the party said on Thursday. Meanwhile, marking the tenth anniversary of Hungary’s Fundamental Law, the government will display the National Awoval, a credo of values preceding the preamble of the Fundamental Law, in its buildings and encourages public institutions to do the same, the Government Information Centre (KTK) said on Wednesday.
DK lawmaker Gyula Molnár told an online press conference the proposal would prolong János Áder’s five-year tenure by a few weeks belong its end on May 10 to give the newly elected parliament an opportunity to vote on the president.
The current date for the presidential election would give “Prime Minister Viktor Orbán the opportunity to
cement a party soldier in the highest public office in the country for five years,
weeks before Hungarians pass judgement on him and his regime at the general election,” Molnár said.
Meanwhile, government, public administration and local government institutions are encouraged to display the Awoval in focal points of public buildings, to honour the Hungarian nation around its national holiday on August 20, KTK said.
“In a Europe plagued with crises, the govenrment sees it as especially important to symbolically strengthen the values that helped Hungary and Hungarians survive through the centuries,”
The two-page National Awoval contains proclamations on the roots and values of the Hungarian state, including “We are proud that our king Saint Stephen built the Hungarian State on solid ground and made our country a part of Christian Europe one thousand years ago. We are proud of our forebears who fought for the survival, freedom and independence of our country. We are proud of the outstanding intellectual achievements of the Hungarian people.”