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PMO Head: Proposal on Public Prosecutor’s Status in Line with Previous Legislation

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.10.15.

The prime minister’s chief of staff on Thursday said that the government had submitted a proposal to “clarify” regulations regarding the public prosecutor’s election and removal from office.

Gergely Gulyás slammed “fake news spreading in the left-wing press”, saying that under Hungarian law, the public prosecutor was elected with a two-thirds majority. The government’s recently submitted amendment proposal is a “clarification”, saying that the prosecutor’s removal should also require two-thirds majority, Gulyás said.

New Gov't Bill to Propose Qualified Majority for Dismissal of Chief Prosecutor
New Gov't Bill to Propose Qualified Majority for Dismissal of Chief Prosecutor

Péter Polt has been repeatedly criticized by the opposition claiming that as a chief prosecutor he is defending the interests of Fidesz.Continue reading

Those regulations pertain to all those in public office, he said. “The Constitution clearly states that public dignitaries can be stripped of their office with the same majority that had vested it in them,” he said.

The opposition Democratic Coalition said on Thursday that Péter Polt, the chief prosecutor, would be immediately replaced after a change of government.

DK lawmaker and group spokesman Zoltán Varga said in a statement that a new government led by DK prime ministerial candidate Klára Dobrev would by all means fire “the former member of [ruling] Fidesz from the head of the prosecutor’s office”. He said the amendment proposal submitted by the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán revealed that Fidesz was afraid of the strengthening of the opposition. “If they had nothing to fear … there would be no reason for them to cement Péter Polt in his position,” he added.

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