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Népszabadság - Hungary | Monday, February 21, 2011

Hungary ignores people's will on constitution

Hungary's right-wing conservative government under Viktor Orbán plans to use its two-thirds parliamentary majority to pass a new constitution in April. To this end it has sent a questionnaire to all Hungarian households. But that's a far cry from actually consulting the people, writes the liberal daily Népszabadság: "A quick glance at the twelve questions is enough to see that the government is not consulting the people for advice, but merely wants to have them bless its own concept for a constitution. The important questions are not being asked: Is working out a new constitution really the government's most pressing task? Is the opinion of the voters legally binding, or are they just being given an opportunity to blab away about it? Is the ruling Fidesz party really the only political force capable of working out a new constitution? [The majority of the opposition parties will not participate in drafting it.] Instead we're presented with twelve silly questions to which 90 percent of the answers are entirely predictable."

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