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Orban Ceding Rule-by-Decree in Hungary Leaves Agenda Intact

  • Hungarian leader to file bill by Tuesday to end rule-by-decree
  • Prime minister’s consolidation of power to remain unaffected
Viktor Orban 

Viktor Orban 

Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg
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Prime Minister Viktor Orban moved toward giving up his right to rule Hungary indefinitely by decree, which some critics had warned would transform the country into a de facto dictatorship.

The government will submit a bill to parliament on Tuesday to end the regime that the premier’s allies approved in March, when they argued that he needed unrestrained powers to deal with the coronavirus crisis. The bill’s approval is expected to end the state of danger, which made the decree rule possible, on June 20, Justice Minister Judit Varga said.