The conservative opposition Jobbik party said that it will abstain from the European parliamentary vote on the Sargentini report, a review of the rule of law in Hungary proposing to launch an Article 7 procedure against the country, on Wednesday.
Jobbik said Orbán had “carefully avoided factual elements of the report regarding corruption, the governmental takeover of institutions, and the dismantling of the freedom of the press.”
Contrary to its original function, the EP debate has but provided a platform for the “corrupt Hungarian premier who is dismantling democracy”, Jobbik said. Jobbik “is unwilling to take part in this pathetic farce”, it said.
Jobbik MEP Zoltán Balczó said earlier in the EP debate that his party would abstain from the vote.
featured image: Zoltán Balczó in the EP in 2016; via itthon.ma