Now we know wich ministers dread being held accountable (2017.04.20.)

“Some government ministers do not seem to be afraid of transparency,” commented István Szávay when he found out that three ministers actually supported Jobbik’s “Lex Lúdas Matyi” bill in Parliament. 

Voting in Parliament on Jobbik’s anti-corruption legislation package known as Lex Lúdas Matyi on Wednesday, the government majority swept off the table the bill that would have introduced a significantly stricter approach in the Criminal Code, drastically increasing the punishment brackets, for example.

However, the proposal was supported by 6 pro-government MPs as well, including Minister in charge of the Prime Minister’s Office János Lázár (Fidesz), Minister of Defence István Simicskó (Christian Democrats), and Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga (Fidesz).

In addition to the ministers, there were other MPs who also pushed the “YES” button: Gábor Bányai (vice chairman of the Committee on Business Development; Fidesz), István Nagy  (Parliamentary state secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture; Fidesz) and Imre Pesti  (government commissioner of the Government Office for Budapest; Fidesz).  These six MPs voted quite contrary to the government majority and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

The unusually independent votes were commented by Jobbik MP István Szávay: “Some government members do not seem to be afraid of being held accountable or anti-corruption measures.” However, he added that “We would have been surprised by a supporting vote from Antal Rogán or Roland Mengyi, though.” The politician noted it was a “clear message” that the vast part of the government majority said a categorical NO to the anti-corruption measures.

Talking about the chaotic organization and the constant growth of the planned budget related to the World Aquatics Championships, he said: “in this country, budget excesses in the billions never happen by accident or for professional reasons,” somebody always benefits from them. He also called it typical that “nobody on earth seems to be held responsible” for the anomalies and the increasingly likely loss of prestige related to the event.

“I am curious how the government’s communication will blame George Soros for the failure of the aquatics championships, too,” he remarked.  Reflecting on Jobbik’s anti-corruption package not passed by the Parliament, he asserted: “Like the ocean in every drop, the matter of the aquatics championships contains everything we fight against.”

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