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Hungarian parliament repeals Sunday closure law

Within 24 hours of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s cabinet head, Antal Rogán, announcing the government’s intention to revoke the unpopular Sunday shop closure law, Hungary’s national assembly formally voted to do so today, with 163 in favor, 2 opposed and 11 abstentions.

Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP) parliamentary delegation head Péter Harrach and Fidesz MP Kristóf Szatmáry were the only MPs to vote against the repeal of the prohibition on retailing on Sunday in the case of shops exceeding a certain size.  Fidesz MPs (who also serve as ministers) made known their displeasure with the sudden about-face and were not present for the vote.  All opposition MPs voted in favor of repealing the law save independent Zsuzsanna Szelényi (Together), who abstained.

The bill was introduced on Monday by Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga (who, like fellow ministers Antal, Lázár and Balogh, is also a member of parliament) and put to the vote the following day.



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