Lawmakers of allied ruling Fidesz and Christian Democrats walked out of a meeting of parliament’s national security committee focusing on the “risks posed by the Soros Plan and the Soros network”, on Thursday. The committee’s Socialist head said he would send a letter to US financier George Soros, asking him to provide information about the plan.
The walkout came in protest against the presence of Bernadett Szel, co-leader of green opposition LMP and a member of the committee. As a consequence, the meeting lacked a quorum. Speaking to reporters, Szilard Nemeth, the deputy head of the committee for Fidesz, confirmed his party’s position that Szel, who is also LMP’s candidate for prime minister, was not welcome at the meeting because – according to Fidesz – she and her party served the interests of US financier George Soros.
Szel said lawmakers of the governing parties “thwarted” the meeting, adding that she would appeal to Parliamentary Speaker Laszlo Kover and the justice committee over the matter. Zsolt Molnar, the head of the committee for the opposition Socialists, said Fidesz had made an “impossible” proposal on “banning” Szel from the meeting.
Opening the event, Molnar said the meeting had been initiated by its members representing the Socialists, LMP and the largest opposition party, Jobbik to query lawmakers of the governing parties about the so-called “Soros Plan”. He noted that the authorities had failed to prove the very existence of such plan at any meeting of the committee over the past two years. The committee was scheduled to hear the prime minister on the matter today but Viktor Orban did not turn up for the event. The prime minister’s office said Orban had no reason to attend since his cabinet’s designated ministers had already provided all information in connection with the matter, he said.
“Orban’s absence demonstrates that there is no evidence proving the existence of the so-called Soros Plan,” Molnar said.
He said that he would call another meeting for February 8, before parliament resumes session next month. He expressed hope that the prime minister would attend it to answer questions about the “Soros Plan”. Jobbik lawmaker Adam Mirkoczki proposed to invite Interior Minister Sandor Pinter and Undersecretary Kristof Altusz to the next meeting of the committee, Molnar backed the idea. The Socialist MP said at the next meeting Orban will have another chance to talk about the “Soros Plan” and the case of the “1300 migrants Hungary secretly admitted”.
Letter to Soros
Molnar said he would send a letter to Soros, asking him to provide information about the “Soros Plan”. He told reporters that he would make Soros’s answer available to the public. Szilard Nemeth said Molnar had not consulted with him about his plan to write a letter to Soros. With this move, he said, the head of the committee “would transgress his powers”.
Source: based on MTI