May 18, 2020 / 6:35 AM / 14 days ago

Hungary govt to propose giving up emergency powers on May 26

BUDAPEST, May 18 (Reuters) - Hungary’s government will submit a proposal to parliament on May 26 to end its special coronavirus emergency powers, hirtv.hu quoted Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s chief of staff as saying late on Sunday.

Gergely Gulyas put a date on a similar statement by Orban on Friday. Gulyas said Parliament would take a few days to pass the bill, which will end the much-criticised emergency powers by early June.

No end date was set when parliament gave the government permission to rule by decree in matters related to the coronavirus, leading to international criticism and accusations of an autocratic power-grab. (Reporting by Marton Dunai; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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