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Changing Overtime Rules: Opposition Whistles, Shouts and Leaves after Fidesz-KDNP Rejects All Amendments

MTI-Hungary Today 2018.12.10.

Opposition MPs disrupted Monday’s plenary session of parliament with whistles and shouts after MPs voted down a package of 2,925 amendment proposals submitted by the opposition parties to filibuster a final vote on a government bill on overtime rules.

Parliamentary speaker László Kövér presented the position of parliament’s justice committee adopted with a majority vote by pro-government lawmakers that the assembly should pass a decision in a single vote on all amendments proposed by the opposition.

The committee cited provisions in Hungary’s constitution on filibuster and the parliamentary law empowering the speaker of parliament to ensure that the assembly can perform its constitutional obligations.

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After the opposition proposals were rejected in a 116:23 vote, opposition lawmakers stated booing and whistling. In response, Kövér said that “there is on-call medical help available and anyone in need should ask for it.”

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.

Kövér excluded Socialist MP László Varga from the session for what he called a “serious disturbance of peace.”

via MTI
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