The National Assembly of Hungary approved the appointment of four new justices to the Constitutional Court on Tuesday, electing sitting justice Tamás Sulyok Chief Justice in the process.
Fidesz-KDNP secured the two-thirds supermajority needed to approve the judges with the help of Politics Can Be Different (LMP). Parliament moved forward with the vote despite allegations that the justice nominating committee violated rules when approving the list of nominee justices.
According to daily online 444.hu, the committee responsible for approving the list of justices may have violated its own rules when it voted to approve the nominees last Friday
444 claims that committee rules on justice selection stipulate that the committee must have at least nine members when the justices are being nominated, including one MP from every parliamentary group.
Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) parliamentarian Bertalan Tóth resigned his seat on the committee last Thursday — one day before the committee vote took place.
In light of this, 444 reports that the committee violated two of its own rules in that it could not make quorum and was missing a representative from the Hungarian Socialist Party.
No one seemed to notice, or at least no one wanted to bring this to the public’s attention.
The committee approved the nominees on Friday after Committee chairman György Rubovszky (KDNP) put the nomination to a vote. On Monday parliament voted to put the final vote on the agenda for the plenary session of parliament scheduled for the following day.
When Tóth Bertalan tried to raise his voice on Monday, House Speaker László Kövér cut him off.
Bertalan later said it would be unlawful for parliament to vote on the justices, and he encouraged parliamentarians to not take part in the vote.