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Curia: Socialist MP prevented from submitting referendum

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Hungary’s Supreme Court ruled that Socialist MP István Nyakó was obstructed by heavy-set bald men on February 23 when he attempted to submit a proposal for a referendum to kill the Sunday closing law, Hungarian daily Magyar Nemzet reported on Saturday.

The Curia ruled that the heavy-set bald men were assisting "Mrs. Erdősi", who is said to be the wife of a former Fidesz mayor, in her submission of a referendum to support the law, moments before Nyakóʼs submission in opposition to the law, however, it was never proven whether Erdősi and the men were cooperating with each other, the daily reported. 

The daily added that the Hungarian Police launched an investigation in connection with the events and that Nyakó is attending a hearing today.

Since Erdősi was able to submit her question first, four seconds before Nyakó, and the two referenda address the same law requiring most stores to close on Sundays in Hungary, the referendum handed in first will be considered by the National Election Committee (NVB), while the second referendum is immediately rejected, according to reports.

The events which took place at the National Election Office (NVI) on February 23 spurred a demonstration later that night, and although reports initially said Nyakó’s referendum would be accepted, it was later reported that it was in fact rejected and Erdősi’s was put forward by the NVB.

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