Opposition LMP to participate in constitution drafting on strict conditions

Budapest, February 12 (MTI) – The opposition green party Politics Can Be Different (LMP) will take part in the process of drafting Hungary’s new constitution on strict conditions, the party’s national political council decided on Saturday.

LMP expects “clear and concrete” guarantees from the ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrats that the country’s new supreme law will be passed with broad social support and not by relying on the governing coalition’s two-thirds majority in parliament, the party told MTI in a statement.

    LMP’s council will propose to the party’s parliamentary group to submit to parliament a draft detailing their conditions, the statement said.

    LMP withdrew from the drafting process last October in protest against Fidesz’s measures the party considered unconstitutional.

    Hungarian President Pal Schmitt on Friday met representatives of all five parliamentary parties, and encouraged them to take part in drafting Hungary’s new constitution and attend the related parliamentary debate this spring.

    Each party’s concept for the new supreme law contains important and valuable elements, Schmitt told MTI after consulting with party officials.

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