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Hungarian government to receive wider powers for heightened terror threats

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In an amendment to the Hungary’s five-year-old constitution, the country’s parliament has granted the government the right to request temporary extra powers in case it considers the country faces a clear terrorist threat.

The new powers include increasing public surveillance and wider options to use the army and any request from the government would have to be approved by MPs for up to 15 days.

BBC reports that some opposition groups and rights organisations, including the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International, have criticised the amendment, evaluating that existing laws were sufficient and the government could not be trusted not to abuse its new powers.

The governing right-wing Fidesz party had also pushed for additional powers such as the ability to inspect bank accounts, but the parliament did not support this.

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