June 21st, 2013

Upheaval in Hungarian parliament as MPs protest vote on controversial land law (VIDEO)

Hungarian MPs passed a controversial new land law amid raucous protests in Parliament and the resignation of a high-profile lawmaker from the governing party.

As MPs were preparing to vote on the bill, a number of Jobbik lawmakers occupied the speaker’s chair, unfurling a banner denouncing the sale of Hungarian land to foreigners as treason.

The protesting MPs, led by Jobbik head Gábor Vona, were ordered by Deputy Speaker of Parliament János Latorcai to vacate the lectern, but they refused, leading to a delay in the session and the exclusion of the protesters from the vote.

As the votes were being counted, Jobbik lawmakers shouted slogans including “Traitors” and “No, no, never,” the latter a traditional protest chant against the post-World War I Treaty of Trianon.

In the end the bill was approved 253-17, with many MPs abstaining, and charges by the opposition that the bill would be found technically invalid because no roll call had been held.

Ángyán quits

In related news, according to website 444.hu, Fidesz MP József Ángyán left the Fidesz parliamentary faction.

Ángyán had earlier made headlines by criticizing the government’s land-leasing policies, first as a state secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development and later as an MP, calling attention to what he charged was favoritism in awarding valuable farmland to a small circle of business people close to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his administration.

Ángyán had caucused with the party since the 2006 elections.

Erik D'Amato (@erikdamato) is publisher and editor-in-chief of the All Hungary Media Group.
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  • Aloof

    Two thumbs up to Jobbik here. At least there is one party in this country that has had enough of these Fidesz Mafia scumbags. This one hits too close to home for them and I’m just happy to see that there at least SOME Hungarians that aren’t going take this strong arm Mafia takeover of Hungary by this perversely corrupt Fidesz Commie Mafia regime.
    Natives are getting restless… about time.

  • szebbjovot

    Jobbik considers the today’s vote on Public Land Act invalid. The party called on President János Ádler not to sign the bill in its current form. Jobbik party demands a real public debate on the Public Land Act before it can be brought to parliament.

    The current version of the Land Act has been dictated by oligarchs and mafia families, so it can’t be adapted and expected to help family farmers. The proposal will unleash 500 million foreigners and speculators on the country’s arable land says Jobbik MP Zoltán Magyar.

    With today’s protest Jobbik clearly indicated that the party is more determined than ever to protect the land from foreigners and criminals. We are going to use all means to protect the land, which is the last national resource remained in Hungarian hands. Next, Jobbik will organize a Land Conservation Roundtable on June 25. The party welcomes all Hungarian organizations and groups concerned about the preservation of the land and able to help to solve the land crisis writes Zoltán Magyar, Member of Parliament for Jobbik.


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