Orban will be able to Rule with Decrees due to the War in UkraineEU | May 25, 2022, Wednesday // 09:27| views
Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary
The Hungarian government will be given extraordinary powers to respond more quickly to the challenges posed by the war in Ukraine. This was explained by Prime Minister Viktor Orban three months after Russia invaded his country's northeastern neighbor.
Orban addressed the Hungarians on Facebook and promised today to announce the first concrete measures to deal with the consequences of the war. According to him, the goal is for the government to be able to make decisions quickly.
"We have seen that the war and the Brussels sanctions have caused economic disaster and drastic price increases. The world is on the brink of economic crisis," said Orban, who won a fourth consecutive term hours after his next government took office.
He reiterated his thesis that Hungary should not enter the war in Ukraine and "protect the financial security of families."
The exact name of the measure is "emergency situation". It will allow parliament to be circumvented when adopting measures. Prior to Orban's address, parliament amended the constitution to allow for such a move.
"The new normal"
This is the third time Orban has used such an instrument: once during the migrant crisis in 2015, when Hungary declared itself the guardian of Christian Europe, and once during the coronavirus pandemic. The third coincides with a difficult time for Budapest, in which it opposes a European request to join a future package of sanctions with an oil embargo on Russia over the war in Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Hungary's neighbor overturned Orban's campaign but later helped him win the election.
Technically, the rapid issuance of decrees bypassing parliament is still possible.
The powers due to COVID-19 are still in force, and their repeal was expected next week. With his actions, Orban replaced one state of emergency with another, after the former provoked the anger of activists with his declared "indefinite" nature and the encroachment on the separation of powers.
Following Orban's statement yesterday, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union warned that the state of emergency had become "permanent" and would eventually become the "new normal", threatening the fundamental rights of Hungarians.
“War means a constant danger to Hungary, it threatens our physical security, it threatens our economy and our families in terms of energy supply and material security,” said Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary
A few days ago, Orban again spoke out against the planned new package of sanctions prepared for Russia because of the war, calling them an "atomic bomb". As well as seeing the risk of a new wave of migrants to Europe due to the looming food crisis, he also faces the economic consequences of the war. Inflation is already 9.5% on an annual basis, the budget deficit widened due to spending on the election campaign of the ruling Fidesz.
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