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Poll: MPs should stay loyal or leave

ALMOST 80 percent of people think that an MP who leaves the party with which they were elected to parliament should hand back the mandate to the party and leave parliament, an MVK agency for the daily SME found.

Of seven parties in parliament only three have maintained their original number of MPs (Hungarian Coalition Party, Christian Democratic Party, and Smer). Three years after elections, 24 MPs have left their parties and become independent.

Several such MPs have established their own parties. Therefore, there are parties in parliament that did not exist at the last elections.

According to political scientist Miroslav Kusý this is a consequence of "political crises" and "a result of lobbying and corruption affairs". However, Kusý pointed out that banning MPs leaving their parties would stifle individual conscience.

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