Hungarian parliament modifies Fundamental Law yet again

June 7, 2016


The Hungarian parliament has once again (for the sixth time in all but five years) modified the nation’s constitution, the Fundamental Law. This time, the modification is directly tied to extraordinary provisions granting the government what amounts to nothing less than the full suspension of civil rights if it feels Hungary is at risk of terror attacks.

In January, we reported that the government held closed talks with opposition parties (not including independent MPs) to garner support for the constitutional modification. Ultimately, the government succeeded in convincing the necessary two-thirds of parliament.

Fidesz, which is one mandate short of having a supermajority in parliament, managed to secure the support of far-right Jobbik to have the constitution modified, report and The other opposition parties, the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) and Politics Can Be Different (LMP), and the remaining independent MPs did not support the modification.

In addition the parliament passed two other cardinal laws (requiring a two-thirds majority) related to terrorism.