This is interesting... BBC gives several examples... along with a photo of Putin, Orban and Erdogan.
Orban's info is quoted below:
Coronavirus: Is pandemic being used for power grab in Europe?
18 April 2020
" Some of Europe's leaders have been accused of taking advantage of a public health crisis to clamp down on dissent and bolster their power."
Hungary: 'Suicide' of parliament grants Orban extraordinary powers
Hungary's powerful Prime Minister Viktor Orban stands accused at home and abroad of using the coronavirus crisis to grab even more power, instead of uniting the country.
First his Fidesz government declared a state of danger on 11 March, winning valuable time to prepare for the pandemic. But it then used its majority in parliament to extend that indefinitely, so the government now has the power to rule by decree for as long as necessary and can decide itself when the danger is over.
Critics speak of an end to Hungary's democracy, but the justice minister insists the "Authorisation Act" will expire at the end of the emergency and it was both necessary and proportionate.
Is it the end of democracy? Constitutional law expert Prof Zoltan Szente warns the pandemic could easily be used to maintain the government's extraordinary powers.
As it is the exclusive power of the government to decide when to end the state of danger, he says parliament has actually "committed suicide" by waiving its right of control over the government.
In theory there are still three checks on Viktor Orban's power:
* Parliament remains in session unless the pandemic stops it
* The Constitutional Court still functions
* A general election takes place in 2022
But Mr Orban's Fidesz party has a decisive majority in parliament and all by-elections and referendums are postponed until the end of the emergency.
The Constitutional Court is already packed with Orban favourites but the one remaining thorn in the prime minister's side is the largely independent judiciary.
The ruling party needs to maintain its two-thirds majority in parliament to appoint a new Supreme Court president at the end of 2020. Then Mr Orban's power would be almost unassailable."
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Edited by Atossa, 29 April 2020 - 06:32 PM.