Jobbik decides: MPs sign proposition to bring "Lex CEU" before Constitutional Court

“Each Jobbik MP will sign the proposition to submit the newly-adopted amendment of the higher education law to the Constitutional Court for review,” announced Jobbik MP István Szávay in his Budapest press conference on Wednesday.

Explaining the decision of the party’s national board, the politician stated that Jobbik stands for the rule of law, in other words, they don’t support Soros or the leftist parties but they want the Constitutional Court to have a chance to deliberate the issue. In Mr Szávay’s opinion, there is a dictatorship being built in Hungary and Fidesz’ attempt to undermine the operation of a higher education institution is a stage of this process. He also emphasized that Jobbik does not want to choose between Viktor Orbán and George Soros, and rejects both the “liberal extremist ideology” represented by George Soros and the related institutions as well as Fidesz’ arrogant use of power.

The opposition politician expressed his view that the government did not truly have a problem with the CEU, and if they really meant what they communicated i.e., that the demonstrations were organized by George Soros in order to topple the government, then “they could press charges of establishing or leading an organization aiming to overturn the constitutional order of Hungary”.

Mr Szávay also reflected on the statements made by state secretary for education László Palkovics in Brussels who said that the CEU could continue to operate even if the legal conditions were not met. In the MP’s view, this statement contradicts the general principle that everybody must abide the law in Hungary.

He explained that if they accepted this violation of the rule of law, anybody could be next in line; “the government’s next target could be reenactment societies, civil self-defence organizations or even motorcycle clubs”.

Responding to a media question on the latest statement made by European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans claiming that the body was going to launch an investigation concerning the amendment of the Hungarian higher education law, Mr Szávay said the government adopted a wrong strategy and caused more international damage than the domestic political gains Viktor Orbán expected. 

President of the Republic János Áder countersigned the “Lex CEU” legislation passed by Fidesz-Christian Democrats in Parliament last week, and he did not exercise his right to forward the law to the Constitutional Court for review, thus giving an opportunity for MPs to submit a similar proposition. However, the proposition needs the signatures of at least 50 MPs, so the leftist parties won’t be able to launch the initiative on their own.


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