Viktor Orban

BreakingHungarian democracy 'in quarantine'

The Hungarian parliament has now granted the government the power to rule by decree in this emergency.

The new law, which we described a short while ago, was backed by 137 MPs, and 53 were against.

The law has no time limit and has been strongly criticised by opponents in Hungary, as well as by international human rights watchdogs.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban - a nationalist and conservative - promised to use the extraordinary powers "proportionately and rationally".

The leader of the opposition Jobbik party, Peter Jakab, said the law placed the whole of Hungarian democracy in quarantine.