‘The end of the constitutional era’

Published on 12 March 2013 at 10:47

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On March 11, the Hungarian parliament adopted a further modification of the country’s fundamental law which will take away most of the powers of the country's constitutional court.
The amendment was approved by 265 votes to 11, with 33 abstentions by members of the extreme right Jobbik party. Fidesz, led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, has a two-thirds majority in parliament. Hungary's socialists boycotted the vote.
Approximately 200 people joined a protest outside the parliament, while several thousand demonstrators gathered close to Buda Castle to call on President János Ader to veto the constitutional reform. A further demonstration is planned for March 15, which is Hungary's National Day.

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