Hours after taking control of Hungary, passing a constitutional amendment that allows its government to rule by decree when a war breaks out in a neighboring country, Prime Minister Viktor Orban has declared a state of emergency for war reasons.
According to Bloomberg , Parliament approved a state of emergency on Tuesday, which will go into effect at midnight. This will give Orban's government "room to maneuver and the ability to react immediately" to the ongoing war in neighboring Ukraine, Orban said in a video message on Facebook.
Bloomberg, of course, portrays it as a victory for "the standard bearer of nationalists around the world", a negative fact, given the position of the Orbans on the European chessboard. .
The move comes after Orban last week told CPAC attendees in Budapest, the US right-wing assembly, which included a video message from former President Donald Trump that the recipe for exercising full power over a nation requires building your own. media and institutions. And, above all, abandon the established political norms to "play with your own rules". Trump praised Orban's political activity.
"We need maneuvers and the ability to act immediately," Orban said after his ministers were sworn in. The state of emergency, which he said he had proclaimed due to Russia's attack on neighboring Ukraine, will allow him to use "all the tools" of the state.
On Wednesday, Hungary will announce the first measures under the new state of emergency, for which Orban began laying the groundwork before his cabinet's swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday. In addition to changing the constitution to use his new emergency powers, the 58-year-old leader has entrusted his cabinet chief with oversight of the country's intelligence services. However, we believe that Orban will also use his powers to try to solve the complicated problems of energy supply for a nation without access to the sea and which at this moment depends almost exclusively on Russia.
This is a machine translation of a post published on Scenari Economici at the URL https://scenarieconomici.it/orban-dichiara-lo-stato-di-emergenza/ on Tue, 24 May 2022 19:02:58 +0000.