House Speaker László Kövér violated Parliament‘s house rules when he banned Előd Novák, a deputy of radical nationalist Jobbik, from the assembly for two weeks over loud remarks Novák had made in the lobby, Tamás Sneider, Jobbik‘s deputy leader, said this week. Sneider said that under the law Parliament could ban deputies for a given day but not longer. He said other MPs had also been loud but went unpunished. At Kövér‘s initiative, the assembly voted 94-31, with one abstention, to exclude Novák after he interrupted a state secretary‘s response to a question by shouting “the government is lying“. The question and the official‘s response related to Béla Biszku, a former communist leader, who, according to Novák, still enjoys a generous state pension.