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Lithuania receives official thanks for supporting Hungary's legislation that EU deemed authoritarian

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Hungary's parliament has adopted a resolution thanking Lithuania for its supports after Budapest came under international fire over the new Constitution and some legislation.

On Monday evening, 327 members of the Hungarian parliament voted in favor of the resolution thanking the Lithuanian civil society and politicians, and eight MPs voted against, BNS was informed by Hungary's Embassy on Tuesday.

The resolution expresses gratitude to the Lithuanian society and politicians who, as the document puts it, stood up to support the Hungarians' "right to self-determination."

The authors say the solidarity between Lithuanian and Hungarian people, just like in 1956 and 1989-1991, is an expression of common responsibility for the freedom of European nations. Hungarians call Lithuania an important ally and friend in the resolution.

"Thank you, Lithuania!" the resolution ends.

In a separate resolution, Hungary's National Assembly thanked Poland. But the document received less support, with 287 votes in favor and 42 against.

The Hungarian government, with Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party having the majority, has come under criticism over new laws which, critics say, restrict the media freedom and pushes the country towards authoritarianism.

The European Commission took legal measures against legislations which, it believes, might undermine independence of the central bank, data protection service and judicial systems. But Nemeth claims such reproaches have been mainly determined by the former Communist nomenclature's wish to preserve its position threatened by the rightist government.

Lithuania received the Hungarian rightists' gratitude after a group of Lithuanian legislators drafted a resolution "On Hungary's Sovereignty and Free Determination." The MPs said they respected the Hungarian nation's "legitimate determination to amend the Constitution adopted back in 1949 during the time of the Communist regime by deriving the Hungarian nation's freedom form the heroic revolution of 1956 and cutting off any links with legacy enforced by the foreign occupational regime."

Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Audronius Ažubalis also expressed support for Hungary when he called on EU ministers to express solidarity and support for Hungary last month.

The new Hungarian Constitution mentions God, defines marriage as a union of a man and a woman and underlines that human life starts at its conception, while dropping the line stipulating that hungary is a republic. Such provisions have also come under fire from several international organizations and several EU member states.

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