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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has announced plans for a new “national consultation” survey partly to gauge public opinion on court rulings for compensation payments to prisoners because “for certain activist groups the rights of violent criminals have become more important than the rights of law-abiding citizens,” the online edition of pro-government daily Magyar Nemzet said on Wednesday.

The prime minister held a speech behind closed doors at a group meeting of the ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrats group in Balatonfüred, the portal said. He briefed lawmakers about the tasks facing the cabinet and the party group, it added.

Orbán also said that during the past ten years, the cabinet had repeatedly asked people’s opinions in important issues and “joint decisions have demonstrated the power of national consensus”, magyarnemzet.hu reported.

In the new national consultation survey, the government wants to find out people’s opinion on the allegedly “industrialised prison business“, on tightening the rules for releasing prisoners on probation, on the alleged corruption of judges connected to the acquittal of leaders of the construction company Szeviép, charged with major embezzlement, and on compensation payments to Roma in Gyöngyöspata.

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Orbán said the head of the Prime Minister’s Office Gergely Gulyás would present details at a regular press conference on Thursday.

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