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October 2, 2022

Hungary passes new constitution

Hungary’s parliament has voted in favour of a new constitution which ends the transition from a totalitarian to a democratic system, its authors claim, according to the BBC. Two of the three opposition parties walked out of parliament before the vote. They accuse the governing Fidesz party of imposing divisive right-wing ideology on the country. The authors of the constitution call it a basic law for the 21st century. More controversial is the preamble which stresses Hungary’s Christian roots. Other criticisms include limits to the authority of the constitutional court and a reduction in the number of parliamentary ombudsmen. The government insists the new provisions Hungarian democracy. Opponents say democracy is being steadily undermined.

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