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Article 19

(1) Parliament is the supreme organ of State power and popular representation in the Republic of Hungary.

(2) Exercising its rights deriving from the sovereignty of the people, Parliament ensures the consitutional order of society, and determines the organization, orientation and conditions of government. 

(3) Within this competence, parliament

a)enacts the Constitution of the Republic of Hungary;

b)frames laws;

c)defines the social and economic objectives of the country;

d)checks the balance of State finances and approves the Budget and its implementation;

c)decides about the adoption of the Government programme;

f)ratifies the international treaties that are of outstanding significance for the external relations of the Republic of Hungary;

g)decides on the declaration of a state of war and the questions of concluding peace;

h)in case of a state of war or of the immediate threat of armed attack by a foreign power (the danger of war) it proclaims a state of emergency and sets up the National Defence Council;

i)In case of armed action aiming to overthrow the constitutional order to gain absolute power, in cases of acts of violence committed with arms or by armed units that jeopardize the lives and material security of citizens on a mass scale, of natural disasters or serious industrial accidents (hereinafter: emergency) it declares a state of emergency;

j)decides on the use of the armed forces outside or inside the country;

k)elects the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, the members of the Constitutional Court, the ombudsmen to deal with the observation of civil rights and the rights of national and ethnic minorities, the president and vice-presidents of the State Audit Office,the president of the Supreme Court and the chief prosecutor;

1)on the proposition of the Government submitted after consultation with the Constitutional Court, dissolves local representative bodies whose operation has been found unconsitutional; decides on the geographical boundaries, the names, and seats of counties; on the re-registration of some townships as cities of county status; and on any changes in the borders of the districts of the capital city;

m)exercises general amnesty. 

(4) For decisions on the cases enumerated in points g), h), i) and j) of para (3), the votes of two thirds of the Members of Parliament are necessary. 

(5) A national plebiscite may be called by Parliament if the decision is supported by the votes of two thirds of the MPs present at the time.