European centre-right EPP votes to suspend Hungary's ruling party

The centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) has voted to suspend Hungary’s ruling party Fidesz. 

The EPP political assembly approved the decision with 190 votes in favour and 3 against. 

Under the terms of the suspension, Fidesz will have to meet various conditions and a panel will judge whether the party is acting in accordance with EPP rules and values. 

EPP leader Manfred Weber said, “Practically it means that Fidesz cannot any more present candidates for posts in the party, they cannot vote any more for any kind of EPP assembly and they are even not any more allowed to participate in any meeting.”

After the vote, Fidesz leader and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said, “We can be only be part of a parliamentary group that is clearly opposed to immigration and stands completely obligated to the defence of Christianity.” 

He also added, “The good news is that unity in the EPP has been preserved,” mentioning that Fidesz would be campaigning for an EPP victory in the European elections in May.

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