Government plans new type of state of emergency

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Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party called a five-party negotiation this afternoon on their proposal to let the government declare a “state of terror emergency”, which would apparently allow for a curfew, stricter domestic surveillance, control of the media and other unusual security measures, online daily origo.hu reported.

MP Gergely Gulyás announces the proposal at a press conference today. (Photo: MTI/Noémi Bruzák)

Fidesz MP Gergely Gulyás confirmed following the negotiations that the government is proposing changes to Hungary’s Fundamental Law – or Constitution – to allow for the new type of state of emergency, which he said could be declared for a maximum of two months. Gulyás, the deputy speaker of the Parliament, reportedly said he is confident that the proposal will have the two-thirds parliamentary majority required for changes to the Fundamental Law.

Gulyás did not give details on the measure, but origo.hu said it learned before the meeting that the proposal would allow the government to temporarily suspend certain laws during a “state of terror emergency”.

According to the information obtained by origo.hu from a source they would not name, in a “state of terror emergency” the government would be authorized to: limit and influence media coverage, limit the consumption of vehicle fuel and other consumables, reinstate border controls without concern for international treaties, monitor internet and postal traffic, and introduce a curfew. The declared state would be one step away from the currently existing “state of emergency”, which is declared if serious attacks take place endangering the lives of Hungarian citizens, origo.hu added.

No one in the government could officially confirm these specifics.

Gulyás did say that members of the opposition Jobbik and LMP parties were constructive during this afternoon’s meeting, and that the Socialist party did not attend the meeting.

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