Serbia: Pandemic decree powers to end after COVID-19 crisis — Orban

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said he expected to renounce a set of emergency powers from a decree enacted to fight COVID-19 «once this is all over,» during a joint press conference with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade on Friday. «We have been attacked and criticised unfoundedly and unreasonably because of our measures taken in a democratic way,» Orban said. «Once... Еще this is all over, we will return to a normal function and to a parliamentarian system and democratic rules.» On Friday, an announcement on Orban's Facebook page stated that the government's special powers would end at the end of May. The presser saw Vucic and Orban thanking each other for their countries' mutual support during the coronavirus outbreak. When asked about the European Union's criticism of Hungary's response to coronavirus, Orban said Budapest would come out «morally strengthened and as a winner.» Vucic and Orban also discussed economic cooperation and regional politics. «Vucic and I believe that we could live better, both of our nations, if we continue cooperation in all fields,» the Hungarian leader said. Orban's visit to Belgrade marks the first official visit of a foreign politician to Serbia since the end of the coronavirus-related state of emergency in the Balkan country. On March 30, the Hungarian parliament approved a law allowing Orban's government to rule by decree without an end date in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Hungary has 3,417 confirmed coronavirus cases and 442 deaths while Serbia has 10,374 confirmed cases and 224 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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