“Fidesz migration policy collapsed”

A special session of parliament initiated by the strongest opposition party, Jobbik to debate the “secret acceptance” of 2,300 migrants in the last three years failed to reach quorum on Tuesday.

Lawmakers of the ruling Fidesz-KDNP alliance boycotted the session, they were represented by Fidesz group leader Gergely Gulyas. The opposition thinks the ruling parties cowardly ran away. They wanted to question Viktor Orban too, but the parliament’s president (Laszlo Kover, Fidesz) gathered the extraordinary session for the same day when Hungary’s Prime Minister was meeting Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in Vienna.

Jobbik leader Gabor Vona said in the session that Fidesz’s migration policy had “collapsed” and that the ruling party was incapable of protecting Hungary.

Vona cited deputy state secretary Kristof Altusz as saying in an interview to a Maltese newspaper that Hungary had taken in some 1,300 migrants last year and accused the government of having lied for the past three years. “Fidesz is the government of relocation,” Vona said, adding that the government’s “Stop Soros” bill was being set up as a means to attack civil groups which the government used to support.

According to Gabor Vona, Jobbik, in contrast to most left-wing parties, want to and will replace the Orban government, and will call the government to account.

“The bigger, the better part of the society has had enough of the hate campaign, they want peace”,

Jobbik’s prime ministerial candidate told the government.

In his rebuttal, Csaba Domotor, state secretary at the prime minister’s cabinet, said Hungary had not taken in a single migrant and any report that says otherwise is “fake news”. He insisted that only the opposition wanted to resettle migrants in Hungary.

Green opposition LMP’s Bernadett Szel called on the ruling parties to account for their absence from the session. She also called on Laszlo Kover to comment on the insistence of Szilard Nemeth, the Fidesz deputy head of parliament’s national security committee, that she constitutes a national security risk.

Szel also demanded to know why the government had not raised the wages of local council workers and when their base salary would be raised to 60,000 forints (EUR 194).

Interior ministry state secretary Tibor Pogacsas said the government had done a lot to raise wages considering Hungary’s economic situation, noting that the government had introduced career models in several sectors. The current budget allows for local councils to determine workers’ base salaries starting this year, he said.

Fidesz group leader Gergely Gulyas said the real reason the opposition had called today’s parliamentary session was to “score points” with their voters.

On the topic of migration, he said the Hungarian government was among the first European governments to declare that it would not take in a single migrant. It resisted the European Union’s migrant quota scheme and built a fence on Hungary’s border, he added.

“We helped those who were in need but we will not let Hungary become an immigrant country,”

Gulyas said.

The leftist opposition Democratic Coalition also boycotted the session saying that Fidesz should be replaced rather than debated.

Source: MTI/Hungary Journal
Photo: MTI

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