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Is resort to popular initiatives, a referendum, not possible to abrogate the constitution?
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Tue Jan 10th, 2012 at 07:11:04 PM EST
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There was such an initiative last year, right after parliament adopted the new constitution. However, referendum proposals have to go through a check by the Election Commission, which was taken over by Fidesz. The referendum proposal was rejected with a twisted legal argument, interpreting the new Constitution as an amendment. The issue went on to the Constitutional Court (now also Fidesz-controlled), which did nothing until December, then (as written in the diary) all on-going procedures were quashed. (There have been several other referendum initiatives against new laws, most of them were also rejected by the Election Commission.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Jan 11th, 2012 at 09:42:18 AM EST
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Thanks! No checks and balances. Berlusconi tried to stack courts and institutions but the safeguards make it practically impossible. He would pass laws to either increase or reduce members within an institutional body or increase the number of members in that body selected by parliament. There's simply no way to stack a majority in key institutions short of a coup d'etat.

There is also the problem that the person appointed to a prestigious independant position may actually take seriously his institutional responsabilities and no longer obey the master, which I hope may happen with some of those Orban appointees.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Wed Jan 11th, 2012 at 10:28:15 AM EST
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