Hungarian government hands back special coronavirus mandate to parliament today


The Hungarian government will today submit to a motion to parliament to hand back the extraordinary powers given for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, which prompted Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga to make a Facebook post once again refuting liberal allegations that the cabinet of Viktor Orbán wanted to keep the powers permanently.


“Thanks to the special legal order, the Government could make quick and effective decisions in recent weeks to curb the pandemic, so unlike other countries, we have been able to avoid an outbreak, mass illnesses and thousands of deaths,” Varga wrote Monday evening after the cabinet meeting focused on a bill abolishing the special legal order, which will be submitted to parliament today.


The successful fight against the pandemic was a reference to the fact that Hungary, unlike some Central and Eastern European countries, and the majority of the Western European countries, was able to avoid mass infections. To date, Hungary, with a population of just under ten million, had 3,771 coronavirus cases and 499 casualties.


Varga noted that the special legal order was introduced just over two months ago, while giving the government the tools to effectively fight the pandemic, also prompted the opposition to launch attacks against it both at home and abroad, instead of contributing to the national effort.


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