Ferenc Gyurcsány’s new Democratic Coalition will not be allowed to form a new party faction until the spring after leaving the Socialist Party faction, parliament’s Constitutional and Procedural Committee decided Monday. The vote in the committee came with government parties and Jobbik voting against waiving the six-month waiting period, and with Socialist Party members abstaining, ostensibly over disagreements with the committee leadership.
The decision against Gyurcsány’s new party formation came after President of the Parliament László Köver deferred to the committee for their opinion. Before the committee met, Csaba Molnár, who will head the Democratic Coalition parliamentary faction once it forms, cited the case in 1996 when members left a party to form a new faction.
Christian Democrat MP György Rubovszky, who supported waiving the waiting period in 1996 and who Molnár cited in his argument, countered that the significant difference was that in 1996 the Democratic Forum’s faction split in two, while this time around, as Socialist Party chairman Attila Mesterházy noted, Gyurcsány’s followers left the party.
According the parliamentary rules, any parliamentarian that leaves or is expelled from a party faction must sit as an independent candidate for six months before joining another faction. [origo.hu]