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Parliament in session – Lawmakers hold debate on const amendment on migrant quotas

Parliament in session – Lawmakers hold debate on const amendment on migrant quotas

Budapest, October 17 (MTI) – The need to amend the constitution arises when the country faces such challenges to which a wrong response could alter Hungary for the long-term or forever, Lajos Kósa, the head of ruling Fidesz’s parliamentary group, said in Parliament on Monday.

Speaking after Prime Minister Viktor Orbán made his opening remarks to the tabled constitutional amendment on EU migrant quotas, Kósa said Hungary must “remain the same country it has been known as for a long time”.

József Szájer, a MEP for Fidesz, said the amendment is in line with current trends, EU laws and basic treaty and the Lisbon Treaty.

JOBBIK

Addressing the debate, leader of the opposition Jobbik party said the Oct. 2 referendum had not created a “new united bloc” as Orbán had suggested in his opening remarks. Gábor Vona said it is “not in line with reality and also incredible” that such unity would emerge after the referendum, as there are more people in Hungary who oppose the EU migrant quota plan than who participated in the public vote. “Many people did not vote because they disagree with Orbán holding political power,” he said. At the same time Jobbik will take part in the debate as a “patriotic duty” and will also take part in enacting a “strong and effective” constitutional protection against migrant quotas.

 

LMP

The opposition LMP party will take part in the debate but will not vote on the seventh constitutional amendment, the party’s co-leader Ákos Hadházy said. He said the amendment “pretends to be about migration” but in reality it does not provide answers to the problems of refugees and asylum-seekers. He added that Hungarians are in fear over the issue of migration which the government increased with its “hate campaign”. The amendment is also of a “low standard” in terms of using legal concepts that do not exist, he added. Bernadett Szél, the party’s other leader, said the debate about the constitutional amendment is a “simple diversion” from issues such as low wages, poor health care and government corruption.

Socialists

The opposition Socialists will not take part in the constitutional amendment process, staying away both from the debate and the vote, the party’s deputy group leader said. Lászlo Varga said Fidesz is not authorised to amend the constitution and the prime minister and governing parties are using the voice of a small minority as a reference. “This is what a dictator does,” to force a minority’s will onto the majority to serve its own power interests, he said, adding that the Socialists will not assist to such “power tactics”.

Liberals

Liberal Party leader Gábor Fodor said his party would not support the amendment, adding that the Liberals believed in a “stronger, more federalist Europe” as against Fidesz’s “loose alliance of nation states”.

Democratic Coalition

Speaking at a press conference outside the parliament chamber, the leftist opposition Democratic Coalition’s (DK) the party’s deputy leader, László Varju, said that by moving towards a constitutional amendment, the government had ignored the will of some five million people who stayed away from the government’s “sham referendum”. Orbán is not authorised to pass such an amendment, he said. “This is a day of mourning for democracy; the day that the parliamentary system was humiliated.” A “new united bloc” has formed not in support of but against Orbán, he insisted, urging all opposition parties to boycott the vote.

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3 Comments

  1. Kirk Larkin

    please Hungary people and government, keep out the Islamic Muslim “Fake” Refugee invasion and keep your Christian culture forever! Germany , France and Britain, Sweden, Netherlands, Brussels have given up their cultures to the muslim invasion forces. Please protect the cross over the cresent at all costs. If you must go to war and drive out the invaders, who are working in coordination with the One World Government “Liberal and Fascists” forces sweeping EU and USA. Follow Trump and Nigel Farrage and Victor Orbin as true leaders fighting against the New World Order Forces. These new world order Forces are championed by the likes of George Soros, Jewish organizations and various conglomeration of Western Liberals, Feminists, greedy self serving politicians and the 1% global Elite, now headed by Obama, Clinton, Bushes, Merkel, Cameron/May, Holland and the worst of the worst Junker and the Brussels Political savages.

  2. Anonymous

    sorry forgot to mention a champion of champions in Gert Wilder, the dutch politician and opposition party.

  3. SotetSzellem AtTila

    Krusaders not, but the Hordes are awakening, drawing their swords and arrows, looking for the unruly bunch of savages and destroyers. They will end them without the need for graphics, such as decapitations, etc. They will be ‘ended’, with no god looking after them for their crimes.

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