Opposition MPs boycotted Monday’s parliamentary session after their proposed amendments aimed at filibustering a final vote on a government bill on overtime rules have been rejected.
Several opposition MPs disrupted Monday’s plenary session with whistles and shouts after MPs voted down a package of 2,925 amendment proposals submitted by the opposition parties. After the opposition proposals were rejected in a 116:23 vote, opposition lawmakers started booing and whistling. The agenda for the parliamentary session was approved with 117 votes in favour and 10 against, with the whistles and shouts continuing during the vote. After this, the opposition groups, as well as some independent MPs, left the chamber.
Socialist leader Bertalan Tóth told a press conference after the session that the decision by parliament’s justice committee concerning the proposed amendments was unconstitutional and ruling Fidesz deprived the opposition of the “centuries-old right of obstruction”. He added that the Socialists would continue to support the unions and protest against the government’s bill dubbed by the opposition as the “slave law“.
DK deputy leader Ágnes Vadai said it was conceivable that House speaker László Kövér wanted to remove opposition MPs from the house by force.
Párbeszéd co-leader Tímea Szabó said the Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance refused to negotiate with other parties or the public and even refused to observe its own rules. If the “slave law” is approved, the opposition will turn to the Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights, she said.
Conservative opposition Jobbik’s parliamentary director László Lukács said their lawmakers had also left the chamber because the opposition had to act in unison in this case.
LMP co-leader László Lóránt Keresztes said that blocking “the most dangerous bill of the parliamentary cycle” is a national cause.
featured image: whistling and shouting opposition MPs on Monday’s plenary session; via MSZP- Facebook