Although Momentum had previously indicated that it would boycott the opening session of Parliament on May 2, the party appeared to change its mind after Fidesz group leader Máté Kocsis made clear that those who skip the event wouldn’t be allowed to serve on committees in Parliament or even be representatives.
Momentum decided on Thursday evening that it would take part in the inaugural session after all, but that its MPs would still boycott the session right after they take their oath of office.
Independent MP Ákos Hadházy, who won an individual seat in Budapest’s Zugló district with the support of Momentum, called the party’s reversal on the issue a “tragic decision” on Friday morning.
But it appears that Hadházy’s outspoken comments did not come without consequences. After the politician gave an interview to Alfahír, Momentum informed the news site that Hadházy would not be a part of its parliamentary caucus after all, meaning that the party’s group in Parliament will now have 10 MPs instead of 11. [444, 444]