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Smer seeks extraordinary session to debate relations with Hungary

The largest opposition party, Smer, has said it wants an extraordinary meeting of parliament to call on the government to tell the public how it plans to proceed in the face of the policies of Hungarian Premier Viktor Orbán, Smer leader and former prime minister Robert Fico told a press conference on Thursday, March 31.

The largest opposition party, Smer, has said it wants an extraordinary meeting of parliament to call on the government to tell the public how it plans to proceed in the face of the policies of Hungarian Premier Viktor Orbán, Smer leader and former prime minister Robert Fico told a press conference on Thursday, March 31.

According to Smer, the approach taken by the government to date has led nowhere. "We want the government to take action, clearly articulating its stance towards the situation that is emerging here. We'll be asking for firm stances to be taken," Fico said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. He said his party expects the cabinet to finally begin to speak in international forums about the danger coming in the wake of the Hungarian government's decision to grant voting rights to people who have obtained Hungarian citizenship based on a non-standard law, like the one on Hungarian (dual) citizenship. Fico announced that his party is currently collecting the signatures of MPs in order to have the extraordinary session called. They plan to submit the proposal, which needs to be signed by at least 30 lawmakers, on Friday, April 1.

The second largest party in the ruling coalition, Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), is likely to support the planned extraordinary session initiated by Smer, SaS leader and Speaker of Parliament Richard Sulík told journalists on Thursday. Sulík said that SaS will first consult as to how to vote with its coalition partners, however. "I don't like the fact that both sides keep adding fuel to the fire. On the other hand, I do think that Viktor Orbán should get a grip as far as his statements are concerned. In this sense, I understand the opposition's initiative," said Sulík.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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