Prime Minister Viktor Orban – known for his anti-Semitism and xenophobia – was for all practical purposes made Hungary’s dictator for life, courtesy of the coronavirus . Parliament voted Orban authority to rule by decree for an unspecified period.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Author European People’s Party, Source flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0 Generic)
In the Philippines, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte was granted sweeping emergency powers. In Brazil, Pres. Jair Bolsonaro accused the media of generating hysteria, then fired the health minister and chief of police . In Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Erdogan detained critics of his response to the pandemic.
Around the globe, despotic leaders of all stripes are using the coronavirus as an excuse to consolidate their positions, spread false information, and silence the opposition.
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