Hungarian troops near the Ukrainian border - Photo: MTI

Gulyas: Government proposes expansion of special legal order definition

In view of the war in Ukraine, the government will propose expanding the types of special legal order enshrined in the constitution, the prime minister's chief of staff said on Thursday.

The state of special legal order introduced as a result of the coronavirus epidemic will end on May 31, Gergely Gulyas told a regular press conference.

In view of the war in Ukraine, it is important that the government should be able to take swift action when necessary and it will propose expanding the status of special legal order to include humanitarian catastrophe and war in a neighbouring country, he said. This option will hopefully not need to be used but the possibility needs to be there, he said.

Hungary will continue making every effort to restore peace as soon as possible but its influence is limited, he said. It is a realistic scenario that the war could last for months or even years, and the movement of troops shows that the fights could intensify for periods of time, he added.

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