The high court ruling reverses a prior ruling by the National Election Committee [official website], which barred the referendum on the grounds that it would have affected the budget in violation of Article 28C-5a of the Hungarian Constitution [text]. Gyurcsany's government has contended with lower support since September of last year, following the release of audiotapes indicating the his government had intentionally misled voters [BBC report] on economic conditions and policies to win re-election. The disclosure led to violent confrontations between police and rioters. AFP has more.
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