Fidesz reveals real face

The Orbán government’s anti-immigration struggle, which is designed to ensure its popularity and cover up its corrupt dealings, suffered a severe blow as the government party’s MPs voted against the Constitutional amendment that would have blocked any form of migrant settlement in Hungary (as it is known by now, the opposition’s bill bans mandatory migrant allocation quotas as well as the residency bond business which poses national security risks and is run by offshore companies).

On 1 February, three months after Viktor Orbán submitted his bill on the seventh amendment of the Constitution, his fellow Fidesz members in the Parliament’s Committee on Justice simply rejected the PM’s bill just because it contained one additional sentence inserted by Jobbik. After May 2016, this is the second time when Fidesz-Christian Democrats vote against the bill to restrict immigration (the first time they were joined by former Socialist PM Ferenc Gyurcsány, too).

In his press conference held after the meeting of the body chaired by (Christian Democrat MP) György Rubovszky, Dr. Gábor Staudt expressed his surprise and astonishment at the committee’s decision. The Jobbik-delegated member of the committee explained that the government MPs failed to present any new argumentation, they just repeated their earlier comments claiming that the opposition party was attempting a “tie-in sale” by trying to protect Hungary from poor and rich terrorists alike.

Talking about the residency bonds, Mr Staudt noted that although the decision was made to suspend their sales, but the government admittedly had not withdrawn the bonds completely, so the programme can be renewed any time.

“Fidesz has just revealed its true face and its true attitude to protecting our country,” the politician concluded. He also expressed his surprise that Fidesz turned down the bill as he thought “they will give in eventually”. In Mr Staudt’s view, Wednesday’s vote clearly shows that the Constitutional bill was either unimportant for Fidesz on 8 November, or at least less important than the money from the bond business.

In response to our question, the MP confirmed that House Rules allow factions to submit a bill for the agenda of the plenary session, so Jobbik will submit the draft Constitutional amendment to the National Assembly, too.

Ugly business

On 21 November, and then on 30th, and again on 5 December the pro-government majority of the Committee on Justice blocked the Constitutional bill from its agenda.

In the meantime, the various channels of pro-government Habony media, and of course, the Civil Union Forum, have been launching repeated attacks on Jobbik for the failed bill, even to the point when a domestic violence case prompted  Fidesz to claim that Jobbik puts Hungarian women in danger as they are attacked by migrants.


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