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Europe's center-right suspends Hungary's ruling party

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Published on March 20, 2019 - Duration: 00:51s

Europe's center-right suspends Hungary's ruling party

The European Parliament voted on Wednesday (March 20) to suspend Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz Party until further notice.

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Europe's center-right suspends Hungary's ruling party

ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION The European Parliament's main centre-right grouping voted on Wednesday (March 20) to suspend Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz Party until further notice amid concerns that it has violated EU principles on the rule of law.

The decision of the European People's Party (EPP), made by a vote of delegates from member parties meeting in Brussels, came after widespread calls for Orban's party to be disciplined over its anti-immigration campaigns and contested judicial reforms. The EPP's lead candidate for the European Parliament's elections in May, Manfred Weber of Germany, backed the suspension of Fidesz pending an inquiry into its actions, which he said would have "enormous political bearing".

Orban, a feisty nationalist who has often clashed with the European Union over his anti-immigration campaigns and judicial reforms, told the EPP delegates that his party could not accept that proposal.

Orban's chief of staff signalled that Fidesz would quit the EPP rather than see its membership suspended, saying it was a question of national "dignity".

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