In the wake of Wednesday’s National Election Office fiasco, when security guards employed by Fidesz party director Gábor Kubatov prevented opposition politicians from initiating a referendum on Sunday store closures, former prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsány has called on MPs to boycott parliament, reports Hungarian news site Index.hu.
The Democratic Coalition (DK) president also demanded parliament call its own referendum on the subject.
“The shameful skinhead attack in front of the National Election Office made it clear that the government will do everything in its power to prevent the nation from deciding whether or not it wants stores to remain closed on Sundays,” announced DK. The party founded by Gyurcsány after he lost power called on all “democratic opposition parties” to “boycott parliamentary sessions until the National Assembly changes the rules that have prevented referendums from happening, and until the Fidesz-appointed accomplices who are members of the National Election Committee resign from their posts.”
The Democratic Coalition will also submit a resolution proposal in parliament to force the National Assembly to call a referendum on the controversial Sunday store closure law, “providing the opportunity for the citizens themselves to make a decision on this issue”.