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Coronavirus: Ruling Parties Expect Epidemic Response Bill to Pass

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.03.27.

Parliament may pass the government’s bill on the response to the novel coronavirus epidemic in a fast-tracked procedure at next Monday’s plenary session, Fidesz MP Csaba Hende, the head of parliament’s legislative committee, told MTI on Thursday.

The government expects to command two-thirds majority necessary to adopt the legislation, Hende said after a meeting of the committee at which members delegated by the ruling parties voted in support of the proposal.

Bill on Indefinite Extension of Special Decrees Garners Distrust over Rule of Law and Freedom of Media

On Monday, the opposition voted against deviating from house rules in connection with a debate on the government’s bill which would hand the government broad powers to take relevant measures, as well as amend the penal code with harder punishments for scaremongering.

Featured photo illustration by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI