RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 2, No. 124, 30 June 1998
HUNGARIAN PEOPLE'S PARTY ELECTS NEW LEADER. The 28 June
national congress of the Hungarian Democratic People's Party
(MDNP) elected Erzsebet Pusztai as the party's new leader.
Former party chairman Ivan Szabo, who resigned after the
party's failure to enter the parliament in the May
elections, became MDNP honorary president for life. Pusztai
said it is essential that the MDNP conclude an alliance with
other civic forces before the local elections scheduled for
this fall. MSZ
ROMANIA TO REDUCE MILITARY FORCES. Defense Minister Victor
Babiuc told journalists on 29 June that Romania's military
forces will be cut this year by some 10,000 troops. At the
end of the process, he said, the total number of troops will
be reduced to150,000. In other news, on 29 June the
parliamentary group of the Hungarian Democratic Federation
of Romania in the Chamber of Deputies submitted a draft law
for setting up a Hungarian-language university in Cluj. MS
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