August 11th, 2017

Socialists have ample support for parliamentary session on Lex CEU

The Socialist Party has collected the required number of signatures to initiate a special session of parliament for later this month, with an amendment of the higher education law on its agenda. The initiative has been supported by the minimum required 40 lawmakers, including all the Socialist MPs, the deputies of green LMP and parliament’s independent MPs, Socialist group leader Bertalan Tóth said. This means that House Speaker László Kövér will have to convene parliament for a date between August 21 and 29, he added. The green opposition LMP has supported the Socialist call on condition that suspending evictions in the cases of troubled forex loan holders be added to the agenda.

László Botka, the Socialist Party’s candidate for prime minister, welcomed that the democratic opposition had joined forces on two remarkably important issues. He said this meant that everyone has understood that Hungary’s interest lies in unseating Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government. Concerning migration, Botka said that “as long as Hungarians are afraid, the fence on the southern border must stay”. He added that once the government was replaced, the new government’s new democratic policy will aim to allay the people’s unfounded fears.

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