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Orban Declares State of Emergency in New Government’s First Move

  • Hungarian leader cites fallout from neighboring Ukraine
  • Emergency status allows government to rule by decree
Viktor Orban addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference, in Budapest, on May 19.
Viktor Orban addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference, in Budapest, on May 19.Photographer: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images
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Prime Minister Viktor Orban launched his new government by declaring a state of emergency in Hungary, less than a week after he shared a plan to override the checks and balances of liberal democracy to take total control of a country.

Orban announced the measure on Tuesday, hours after he pushed through a constitutional amendment allowing his government to rule by decree in situations including when war breaks out in a neighboring state.