Ruling parties to boycott national security committee meeting
Lawmakers of allied ruling Fidesz and Christian Democrats announced that they would stay away from the Thursday meeting of parliament’s national security committee convened for the second time by the body’s head to discuss issues concerning the so-called Soros Plan on migration.
The ruling parties will not “allow the opposition to use even the national security to promote the implementation of the Soros Plan in a time when Hungary is exposed to huge pressure to let in migrants and dismantle the border fence,” the press department of the Fidesz parliamentary group said.
“Soros’s representatives are already sitting in the committee,” it added.
Chairman Zsolt Molnár, of the opposition Socialists, convened the body for the same purpose by January 25 but its members representing the two ruling parties staged a walk-out in protest against the presence of Bernadett Szél, co-leader of green opposition LMP and a member of the committee. As a consequence, the meeting lacked a quorum.
Szilárd Németh, the deputy chairman of the committee for Fidesz, confirmed afterwards his party’s position that Szél, who is also LMP’s candidate for prime minister, was not welcome at the meeting because
she and her party served the interests of US financier George Soros.
A few days later Molnár told reporters that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had again been invited to attend the meeting to provide evidence on the existence of the “Soros Plan” and clarify the issue of Hungary’s admission of 1,300 refugees last year.