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KOCSIS: PARLIAMENT CANNOT BE DRAGGED THROUGH THE GUTTER

 

Parliament cannot be allowed to be a place of obscenity and violence, Máté Kocsis, the Fidesz parliamentary group leader, told public Kossuth Radio. “It’s suspicious that the opposition is insisting on this,” he said, commenting on their objection to a bill on tightening house rules. He accused opposition lawmakers of aggression and obscenity at meetings, adding that the extant disciplinary rules had not acted as a deterrence. Rules would only be effective if heavy penalties were attached, he said, adding that the practices of other European countries were also examined during the bill’s preparation. In many places, he said, rules were even stricter, adding that lawmakers elsewhere could be banned from parliamentary work for up 10-30 days and their rights as a MP suspended. Kocsis said it was be unimaginable in other European Union countries for lawmakers to block the speaker from accessing his podium and obstructing parliamentary work.