RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol 2, No. 26, Part II, 9 February 1998
HUNGARIAN PREMIER SLAMS COALITION PARTNER. In a 7 February speech to the Social
ist Party's Left-Wing Assembly, party chairman and Prime Minister Gyula Horn sa
id it is not easy to govern in coalition with the Free Democrats (SZDSZ) as the
y have a "different mentality" and lack experience in governing the country. Ho
rn said the Socialists must focus on winning the May general elections rather t
han on problems within the coalition.
Horn's attack came after the SZDSZ and opposition parties criticized the
Socialists' plans to solve the dam dispute with Slovakia (see "RFE/RL
Newsline," 6 February 1998). MSZ
HUNGARY'S ROMANI GROUPS TO FORM ELECTORAL ALLIANCE. Some 200
representatives of Romani organizations in Hungary decided on 7 February to
form a national Romani alliance, Hungarian media reported. The chairmen of
three major Romani organizations-the Romani Parliament, the Phralipe, and
the Romani Civil Rights Movement-called on Roma to join forces against the
National Gypsy Self-Government (OCKO) and the "anti-democratic,
feudalization program" of the governing Socialist Party. The three groups
said they would challenge the constitutionality of the draft electoral law,
under which the OCKO would be the only organization to nominate Romani
representatives to the parliament. MSZ
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