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Oct 27, 2016

Some 'political issues' still surround constitutional amendment

The green opposition LMP party said it would decide later on whether to support the amendment, after further consideration

Although the three main political parties have agreed on the constitutional amendment bill, some “political issues are still outstanding," Lajos Kósa, Fidesz parliamentary group leader, has said.

The green opposition LMP party said it would decide later on whether to support the amendment, after further consideration.

Kósa said the text of the constitutional amendment bill “is the result of compromise and incorporates everybody’s proposals". Only some political issues remain and these will be resolved at meetings between the party groups, he added.

The Jobbik party is still adamant it wants to scrap residency bonds, Kósa said. The party said cancelling the scheme would be the pre-condition for its support to the constitutional amendment. Fidesz, however, maintains that the two issues are not linked and the residency bond scheme is only a financing issue.

The Socialists, the largest left-wing opposition group in the Hungarian Parliament, boycotted the meeting and have said they will not support an action derived from what they insist is an invalid referendum.