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Hungarian Lawmakers Approve Ending Orban’s Emergency Powers

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Viktor OrbanPhotographer: Roni Rekomaa/Bloomberg
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Hungary’s parliament approved ending an emergency status that allowed Prime Minister Viktor Orban to rule by decree, but it voted through new legislation that raised fresh questions about the country’s democracy.

In a unanimous vote, parliament agreed Tuesday to conclude the “state of danger” that gave Orban the right to rule without oversight in March. The regime touched off criticism from some European Union leaders that he was using the coronavirus as cover to take absolute power in Hungary.