Lawmakers to discuss most two-thirds bills in autumn, says Fidesz official

Budapest, April 26 (MTI) – A bulk of the bills requiring a two-thirds majority to go through Parliament will be discussed next autumn, parliamentary leader of the governing Fidesz party Janos Lazar told public television on Tuesday morning.

The first cardinal laws likely to be discussed still before the summer recess will be connected to the Szell Kalman Plan and New Szechenyi Plan, the government’s major economic development plans, he said.

Bills on reforming local government, Parliament and the judiciary will probably be put on the lawmakers’ agenda in September and October, he said.

Asked about Hungary’s new election system, Lazar said it could be taken for granted that Hungary’s next parliament would be composed of 200 members, down from the present 386, and that Hungarian citizens living beyond the border would be granted the right to vote in the Hungarian elections.

Most deputies of the governing Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance favour maintaining the mixed electoral system, he said.

It is still to be decided in what form ethnic Hungarians with no permanent residence in Hungary will be enfranchised, he said.

Lazar, who is also the mayor of the southeast Hungarian city Hodmezovasarhely, said, “I don’t think they should have a direct say in the life of my electorate or my city.”

Politicians and analysts have widely agreed that Hungarians without permanent residency in the country should only be allowed to vote for party lists and not in individual constituencies