tirsdag 31. august 2021

Hungary's Election Authority Approves Bid To Hold Referendum On Chinese University

Hungary's election authority has approved a bid to hold a referendum over the planned construction of a Chinese university in Budapest, the mayor of the Hungarian capital said on August 30. Mayor Gergely Karacsony said on Facebook that the National Election Committee (NVB) had approved his referendum question. Karacsony said a drive to collect 200,000 signatures required to trigger the referendum process will begin next month if the NVB's decision is not challenged in court.

Citizens will be asked if they wish to repeal a law adopted earlier this year by parliament, which is dominated by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's right-wing Fidesz party, that gave a green light to the plan. The plan advanced further in June when Fidesz lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to donate several plots along the Danube River to the Fudan Hungary University Foundation to build the university.