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KDNP does not support ‘death penalty’

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In line with Christian principles, Hungary’s Christian democrats KDNP, which is the coalition party of ruling Fidesz, rejected the idea of reintroducing death penalty in Hungary, vice-president Bence Rétvári told Hungarian online daily valasz.hu yesterday.

“A Christian politician does not back capital punishment” Rétvári said following Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s comments at a press conference in Pécs on Tuesday that a life sentence is not deterrent enough and as such, the death penalty needs to be kept on the agenda.

On behalf of the party, Rétvári rejected the death penalty in 2012, when the far-right Jobbik raised the issue, saying that supporting capital punishment clearly goes against “Christian values”.

Orbánʼs speech on the death penalty caused an immediate backlash both in domestic and international circles, as capital punishment also goes against the principles of the European Union.

Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament, initiated a phone call with Orbán regarding the PMʼs comment, to which the Press Chief of the Prime Minister’s Office, Bertalan Havasi said that Orbán is ready to receive the presidentʼs call as the PM is “at the service of President Schulz, as usual.”

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