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26th March, 2020

Mayors may not impose curfews

Only the cabinet has the power to impose curfews or restrictions on leaving homes, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Wednesday.

The mayors of the towns of Polgár in Hajdú county and Sződliget in Pest county have imposed partial restrictions on the movement of local inhabitants in recent days, Magyar Nemzet notes.

During an emergency, mayors exercise the powers of the local council, but this does not provide a legal basis for mayors to impose curfews or restrictions on movement, the PMO stressed.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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