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OPPOSITION EXPECTS SPECIAL PARLT SESSION TO REACH QUORUM

 

The opposition parties said they were confident that a special session of parliament they have initiated to discuss how the amendments to the labour code were approved and opposition lawmakers at subsequent demonstrations were treated earlier this month would reach quorum.

Speaking at a joint press conference by parliament’s opposition parties, Párbeszéd lawmaker Sándor Burány said they had been told by Fidesz MP György Balla that the ruling parties plan to take part in the special session.

Burány said the session would be aimed at discussing the “unacceptable legal violations” that he said had taken place in recent weeks. He said the opposition hopes to discuss two draft resolutions at the session. These would declare that parliament’s December 12 session, which saw the approval of the labour code amendment, had been conducted unlawfully and that the immunity of several MPs at the headquarters of public broadcaster MTVA was breached when they were “physically assaulted” by security guards during their protest on Dec 16-17.

The Democratic Coalition’s Ágnes Vadai said the opposition would use every tool at its disposal to express its views. Ildikó Borbély Bangó of the Socialist Party called on House Speaker László Kövér not to be “selective” in his assessment of the events of the last three weeks in parliament. She called on Kövér to also look into whether deputy speaker Sándor Lezsák had the right to cut off the microphones of opposition MPs in the general debate of the labour code amendment. Jobbik’s Gergely Farkas said Jobbik would also support all extra-parliamentary means through which people can voice their opposition to the “slave law” and the government’s policies.