President Janos Ader said he would sign the fourth amendment to Hungary’s constitution, speaking on public M1 television late on Wednesday.
Ader said in a pre-recorded, televised speech from his Sandor palace, that he had made his decision in view of his promise that as president of Hungary he would carry out the responsibilities conferred on him by the constitution without fail.
“It is my unequivocal constitutional duty to sign and declare this constitutional amendment as law. This is regardless of whose tastes the changes meet and regardless of whether I like it or not,” he said.
He said he had spent many hours over the past few days scrutinizing the opinions and argument which appeared in the press over the fourth amendment. He read letters, messages and the “clever and sometimes indignant and politically-charged arguments of experts”.
“I was guided by the single goal which is in harmony with my presidential oath: to represent the constitutional order and the unity of the nation,” he said.
“The president of the republic must not simply act above party politics, he must always stand by his political nation at all times and in everything,” he added.
A state governed by the rule of law is such because its laws and constitution is observed by all, including and especially the president, Ader said.
If the president decided that it was permissible to step on an unconstitutional path, it would only bring the consequence of chaos and lawlessness, which nobody wants, he said.
He said that at the moment of being elected he had made it clear: if he receives 100 good laws, he signs 100 good laws. If he receives 100 bad laws, he will send back 100 to parliament for revision.
He said regardless of the weight each party may have in parliament everyone is equally responsible for the fate of the nation, its good reputation and credibility.