Hungarian government moves to lock in controversial prosecutor behind two-thirds majority

The country’s chief prosecutor, a post currently occupied by a figure often accused of pro-government bias, could only be removed with a two-thirds parliamentary majority. [EPA-EFE / : JOHN THYS]

The country’s chief prosecutor, a post currently occupied by a figure often accused of pro-government bias, could only be removed with a two-thirds parliamentary majority, a new bill submitted by Justice Minister Judit Varga proposed on Wednesday.

The executive reasoned that the new rule on termination would simply bring the law in line with the supermajority required for the attorney general’s appointment to their nine-year-long mandate.

Péter Polt – formerly a member of the ruling Fidesz party – is currently serving his third term as attorney general. His appointment was last extended in 2019 and will run until 2028.

Ahead of next spring’s parliamentary elections, Polt is one of the most talked-about government figures, accused by opposition politicians of helping the Orbán government by not investigating cases that might be problematic for Fidesz.

(Vlagyiszlav Makszimov | EURACTIV.com with Telex)

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