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KDNP Forms Second-Largest Parliamentary Group

The parliamentary caucus for the Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP) came together on Tuesday, with the group re-electing István Simicskó as their leader, announced KDNP President Zsolt Semjén at a press conference.

Semjén added that the group will have 18 MPs, one more than in the previous parliamentary cycle, and the second-largest caucus in the National Assembly after Fidesz. All of the party’s previous MPs will continue in this cycle as well, with the addition of new member Béla Mihálffy. [444]

Government plans to extend state of emergency until June 2022

picture of Zsolt Semjén

Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén (pictured) has submitted a law to Parliament that, among other things, would extend the state of emergency in Hungary due to the coronavirus until June 1, 2022, writes Telex. The bill is considered “critical,” meaning that it will require a two-thirds majority of MPs present to pass it.

The state of emergency provides the government the opportunity to react quickly in extraordinary circumstances. As defined by the “two-thirds” law, government regulations issued in such a state may suspend certain laws, deviate from statutory provisions, and permit the government to take other exceptional measures.

The Disaster Management Act details the areas in which these emergency measures are typically taken, such as vehicular traffic, occupying public spaces, restrictions on congregating, and eviction. However, Telex points out that in reality the law can cover a much wider range of activity, allowing the government to take nearly any action it sees as important to protect against the virus and providing justification for it as well.

[Telex]