Hungary declares state of emergency

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has called for “extraordinary powers” in the conflict in Ukraine

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, citing the conflict in Ukraine, just hours after parliament approved the measure as a way to respond to the crisis in Budapest.

Urban declared a state of emergency in a video address on his Facebook page. The emergency measures take effect at midnight and the first measures will be released on Wednesday.

To protect Hungary’s national security interests, we need government tactics and the ability to act immediately to ensure that we can stay out of the war and protect Hungarian families.Urban said in the announcement.

Earlier on Tuesday, Hungary’s parliament passed a constitutional amendment that empowered the prime minister to declare a state of emergency in the event of a war or humanitarian catastrophe in a neighboring country, in addition to existing crisis departments. Critics of Urban Claim This will allow him. “Ruled by decreeAnd Parliament bypass.

Similar criticisms were leveled against Urban in March 2020, when Parliament gave him a wide range of emergency powers to deal with Covid-19. He stressed that the state of emergency would be limited in duration and was finally lifted in June of that year.

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