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May 19, 2020

Coronavirus Update: Government could give up emergency powers in June

Justice Minister Judit Varga said the government is considering giving up its emergency powers in June.

 

Justice Minister Judit Varga said the government is considering giving up its emergency powers in June.

Minister Varga cited the government’s pledge to terminate the state of emergency raised in connection with the novel coronavirus outbreak once the epidemic has subsided. She added that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán may submit a motion on ending the government’s special powers to parliament before the end of May.

Meanwhile, the minister slammed the opposition for “launching a political attack of unprecedented intensity against our homeland, in cooperation with Western European political leaders, the liberal mainstream media and well-known satellite civil organizations, in the midst of the pandemic.” These people and organizations “have not shied away from spreading the most absurd charges, slander and fake news” concerning “dictatorship, the closure of parliament and the imprisonment of journalists,” she said.

In the meantime, the government is working to minimize the damaging effects of the epidemic, Minister Varga said. Certain groups, she added, had exploited the state of emergency for their own ends.

A call center set up for advice on the coronavirus can be reached on +36-80-277-455 and +36-80-277-456 or by email koronavirus@bm.gov.hu