Hungary parliament approved new constitution

On April 18, 2011, the National Assembly of Hungary approved a new constitution. The constitution [PDF] was supported and passed as a result of efforts by the Hungarian Civic Party (FIDESZ), which has controlled the Hungarian legislature since 2010. The new constitution included many conservative fiscal reforms and a revised preamble that condemned the communist climate that existed in the country from 1944 to 1990. It passed the legislature by a margin of 262-44 and one abstention, although members of the country's socialist and liberal political parties boycotted the vote in political opposition to FIDESZ. Other legislation adopted in Hungary in early 2011 caused additional controversy, including increased government scrutiny of media and the creation of the National Media Communications Authority.


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