Chased by far-right in the polls, Hungary's ruling Fidesz party seeks debate on death penalty

Hungary's ruling Fidesz party, losing ground to a far-right opposition group, says it wants to debate the possibility of restoring the death penalty, abolished after the 1990 fall of communism and banned in the European Union.

The issue was raised by Prime Minister Viktor Orban and leading Fidesz politicians after last week's murder of a 22-year-old tobacco shop attendant in the southern city of Kaposvar.

Orban said in connection with the murder that the subject of the death penalty needed to be "kept on the agenda." Antal Rogan, head of Fidesz's parliamentary faction said Wednesday on state radio that Hungary could propose a debate on the topic in the EU.

The far-right Jobbik, currently seen as Fidesz's strongest challenger, has advocated consistently for restoring capital punishment.