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Hungary: Lawmakers reject anti-migrant constitutional change

  • FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2016 file photo Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks during a press conference concerning the referendum on migrants held in Hungary on the European Commission's proposed mandatory resettlement of migrants in member states of EU. Orban’s Fidesz party failed Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 to secure any opposition support and fell two votes short of the two-thirds majority necessary in today's vote. (Zsolt Szigetvary/MTI via AP, file)

    FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2016 file photo Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks during a press conference concerning the referendum on migrants held in Hungary on the European Commission's proposed mandatory resettlement of migrants in member states of EU. Orban’s Fidesz party failed Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 to secure any opposition support and fell two votes short of the two-thirds majority necessary in today's vote. (Zsolt Szigetvary/MTI via AP, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2016 file photo a man marks a ballot paper to vote against Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's policies on migrants in the referendum in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. Orban’s Fidesz party failed Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 to secure any opposition support on future plans by the European Union to resettle asylum seekers among members of the bloc and fell two votes short of the two-thirds majority necessary in today's vote. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, file)

    FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2016 file photo a man marks a ballot paper to vote against Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's policies on migrants in the referendum in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. Orban’s Fidesz party failed Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 to secure any opposition support on future plans by the European Union to resettle asylum seekers among members of the bloc and fell two votes short of the two-thirds majority necessary in today's vote. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, file)  (The Associated Press)

Hungary's prime minister has failed in his attempt to push through constitutional amendments to oppose any future plan by the European Union to resettle asylum seekers among members of the bloc.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party failed to secure any opposition support and fell two votes short of the two-thirds majority necessary in Tuesday's vote.

Orban proposed the changes after an Oct. 2 referendum in which over 98 percent of voters supported the government's anti-migrant position. However, the plebiscite was invalid due to low voter turnout.

Analyst Zoltan Cegledi said Orban's failure was a "defeat of power politics ... which puts Orban in the difficult position of having to explain why he isn't capable of achieving anything."