Hungary seeks to extend state of emergency indefinitely
The Hungarian government is seeking to extend indefinitely the state of emergency it has declared because of the coronavirus epidemic. The extension, which was debated in the Hungarian parliament on March 23, would allow the government to rule by decree without parliamentary approval for as long as the government, which has a two-thirds majority in any case, thinks necessary, provide prison terms of up to five years for those convicted of spreading misinformation about the epidemic, and up to eight years for those who have interfered with efforts to slow the disease's spread. Lawmakers were able to delay, but not block, the proposal.
Writer: Pablo Gorondi