Jobbik has called on the ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat (KDNP) parties to withdraw amendments to the law on the work of parliament that Jobbik said would “step up control of the rules of lawmakers’ activities”.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, László György Lukács, the nationalist party’s deputy spokesman, said the planned amendments “were designed to muzzle opposition lawmakers” who have recently “proven that there is a need for parliamentary politics”
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The new regulation would “curb [lawmakers’] rights and penalise them to a degree unprecedented in Europe”, to stop them from speaking up on issues that are “uncomfortable” for Fidesz, Lukács said.
“[Prime Minister] Viktor Orbán has realised that the opposition had to be restrained more” after the October 13 local elections, Lukács said.
Jobbik will turn to the president and to the constitutional court over the bill if necessary, Lukács said.
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