Hungarian soldiers will be involved in enforcing the new curfew regulations, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Wednesday.
Orbán said in a video on Facebook that he had consulted Interior Minister Sándor Pintér and Defence Minister Tibor Benkő on involving the army “to enforce curfew rules and maintain public order, and, where possible, to ease the burden on health services” amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Our soldiers will not defend the homeland in war now but help the police, central administration and health staff in areas where the ministers of the interior and health deem necessary”
The prime minister said a government decree on legal, staffing, and financial details would be issued after the next government meeting.
On Tuesday, lawmakers extended the government’s special powers by 90 days, allowing the government to suspend the application of some legislation, diverge from legal provisions and take other extraordinary measures by decree.
A curfew is in force between 8pm and 5am, and work carried out beyond the home must be justified.
In the featured photo (from left to right): Interior Minister Sándor Pintér, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and Defence Minister tTibor Benkő. Photo by Vivien Cher Benko/PM’s Press Office