European centre-right suspends Hungary's ruling party

Photo: EPA Hungarian PM Victor Orban

Hungary's ruling Fidesz party has been suspended from the main pan-European centre-right party family until further notice, the European People’s Party’s President Joseph Daul announced on Wednesday.

The decision, made by a vote of delegates from member parties meeting in Brussels, follows widespread calls for Hungarian PM Viktor Orban’s party to be disciplined over alleged violations of rule-of-law principles. “The suspension entails: no attendance at any party meeting; no voting rights; no right to propose candidates for posts,” Daul said in a tweet.

Orban, who won a third consecutive term in power last year, has previously locked horns with EU leaders over his country's hardline immigration policies and for clamping down on democratic institutions, including civic organizations, the media and academic institutions.

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