Budapest (MTI) – Two ruling Fidesz party lawmakers have been fined 100,000 forints (EUR 320) each for voting against the party group and depriving it of a two-thirds majority.

Fidesz parliamentary group director Gyorgy Balla told MTI that Janos Bencsik and Danko Bela had been penalised after a vote on Monday, and party rules make clear that on every vote that requires a two-thirds majority it was obligatory to follow the party line.

Irrespective of this obligation, however, every Fidesz lawmaker has the right to state their opinion beforehand within the group, and even in public, he said.

Balla noted that this rule had been approved unanimously by Fidesz lawmakers at the start of the government cycle.


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