February 11th, 2013

Eight breakaway LMP lawmakers to sit as independents

Eight breakaway lawmakers of the small opposition LMP party will sit as independent members of parliament, one of the lawmakers said on Friday.

The platform’s eight members announced their departure in late January from LMP, after a growing rift between party members who support a dialogue with other opposition groups and those who reject that.

The group formed by the eight members, the Dialogue for Hungary Platform, changed its name to the Dialogue for Hungary Party (PM) earlier this month.

Benedek Javor, one of the founders of PM, said in a statement that after quitting LMP they made a “constructive proposal” on a parliamentary group alliance to be formed with the LMP. But the delegation of the other group of seven, headed by LMP leader Andras Schiffer, was unwilling to discuss the proposal in any form. They instead suggested that the breakaway lawmakers should return their parliamentary mandates, Javor said.

After lengthy discussions PM members felt that all options had have been exhausted. Given Schiffer’s adamant stance, they have decided to continue to work as independents “for the cause of justice and advocating green affairs,” Javor said.

LMP said it acknowledged the departure of the eight lawmakers who have by their move dissolved the party’s parliamentary group. LMP said in a statement that the platform’s move was foreseeable as its “renegade members” remained adamant sticking to their mandate and insisted on continuing their work in a renamed parliamentary group. LMP said the party remained open and constructive for continuing a dialogue with the platform.

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