The opposition LMP party has said it will reject the government’s proposal to extend the period of the special legal order in relation to the coronavirus outbreak, accusing the government of abusing its powers.
László Lóránt Keresztes, the leader of the Green Party, told a press conference on Tuesday that the government’s handling of the crisis was dismal, citing individuals and small businesses struggling in Hungary over aid insufficient government.
In addition, he said local councils were facing “brutal austerity measures”, and he accused Fidesz’s ruling mayors of abusing the special legal order.
Márta Demeter, the deputy party leader, criticized Fidesz for its “failed economic policy”, saying the ruling party’s “cronies” and multinationals had been given preference over ordinary Hungarians, families and small businesses when ‘it was about distributing funds.
She said that as nearly 30,000 Hungarians lost their lives during the epidemic, the government was obsessed with the 2022 general election and was busy privatizing public assets and putting them in foundations that would serve as “personal funds.” of Fidesz ”.
Meanwhile, Demeter said Orbán’s government should engage in “meaningful consultations” with Budapest residents regarding the Chinese university project in the city.
Later Tuesday the Democratic coalition rejected the vote to expand the state of emergency, accusing Fidesz of trying to “consolidate its power and exercise it without responsibility”.
Gergely Arató, deputy head of the party group, told a press conference that the government had abused the powers it had acquired by establishing a state of emergency. “They supported the oligarchs but not the many struggling employees and entrepreneurs. They took away the parking fees, but neglected contact tracing and testing, ”he said.
If Fidesz presented proposals that really help manage the pandemic or boost the economy, DK would be willing to discuss “or even support”.
Featured photo: LMP MP Márta Demeter. Photo by Noémi Bruzák / MTI