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The Hungarian government has declared a state of emergency due to the war in Ukraine.

The state of emergency comes into force from midnight, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said in a video posted on Facebook.

The new government was sworn in in Parliament on Tuesday afternoon, and the Prime Minister announced his decision shortly thereafter.

The war in Ukraine is a constant threat to the country, Orban said, and sanctions from Brussels have led to huge economic shocks and soaring prices.

He noted that the world is on the verge of an economic crisis. Orban reiterated that Hungary must stay out of the war, protect the financial security of families, which requires room for maneuver.

Like the pandemic emergency, this decision will allow the government to respond immediately and protect the country and families in every way possible, Orban said, promising to announce the first emergency decisions on Wednesday.

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