The Hungarian Parliament on Tuesday rejected a narrowly proposed constitutional amendment to ban European Distribution Plan migrants.
Since 2010, the Hungarian Prime Minister managed to pass more than 600 laws and a new constitution already amended six times, analysts said. Still, Viktor Orban has just suffered a serious legislative setback. The parliament on Tuesday rejected the constitutional amendment making it illegal, under Hungarian law, the relocation of refugees by the EU in Hungary. The proposal failed on the wire as only two votes were lacking to ensure the two-thirds majority needed to adopt the text. Nevertheless, this setback is a blow for the Prime Minister. For Viktor Orban , launched in a standoff with the European institutions, was personally involved in the proposed constitutional amendment.
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This initiative was launched by the Prime Minister in early October in the wake of the referendum against the European mechanism for the distribution of refugees. He had been invalidated because the consultation did not reach the necessary quorum, 50% of registered, to have legal force. Failure to refugee resettlement collected 98.3% of the votes and Viktor Orban has interpreted this score as a plebiscite of its anti-migrant policies. Now the Prime Minister’s position is found, at least temporarily weakened. “In Brussels, he will not sell it as a success, his position will be weakened,” Robert Laszlo analysis, political scientist of the research center and think tank Political Capital, told Reuters.
“The traitor is the one that lets the terrorists against money.”
A placard brandished by Jobbik deputies present in the Chamber.
The Jobbik deputies had conditioned their support for the removal of a regime which opens the right to license five years of residence for foreigners buying government bonds to the tune of 300,000 euros.
The text does not ultimately have obtained the support of the deputies left and those of the extreme right, who boycotted the vote. “The traitor is the one that lets the terrorists against money,” wore a sign on the Jobbik deputies in the assembly. The far-right party, although favorable to the idea, was engaged in a bidding war. He had conditioned its support for the removal of a regime which opens the right to license five years of residence for foreigners buying government bonds to the tune of 300,000 euros. Some 10,000 investors, mostly Russian or Chinese, have subscribed since 2013. The government accuses the extreme right to sacrifice the national interest for politicians patterns.
The nationalist Jobbik, which has 24 MPs in parliament, have nevertheless left the door open to the government indicating they could support a new amendment if the government gave in to these demands. Behind it, also conceal the ambitions of the far-right party for the 2018 legislative coming where it appears serious competitor Fidesz party of Viktor Orban.