Budapest, December 2 (MTI) – Hungary’s President János Áder has said he does not want to intercede in the disputes of political parties.
In response to opposition Jobbik seeking his intervention, Áder said disputes should be settled within the framework of parliamentary debates.
In late November, Jobbik leader Gábor Vona asked Áder to help resolve the impasse that emerged around a government-proposed constitutional amendment and Jobbik’s precondition for supporting it, namely that residency bonds should be withdrawn.
Ader told Vona the president was constitutionally obliged to express the unity of the nation and stand above party politics.
“All political parties in the Hungarian Parliament have the opportunity to gather social support for the representation of their values and proposals and to be mandated for parliamentary action in proportion to that support,” Áder said.
On November 8, Jobbik denied the government its support for the constitutional amendment bill, after the government refused to drop the residency bond scheme. Jobbik then submitted virtually the same bill to parliament, with an additional clause which would make granting foreigners a residency permit for a charge unconstitutional. Parliament’s judicial committee would not even discuss the proposal, Vona said earlier.