RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 3, No. 19, 28 January 1999
MINISTER RESIGNS, SENATOR SUSPENDED IN ROMANIA. Gyorgy Tokay,
the minister for ethnic minorities, resigned for personal
reasons on 27 January, AP reported. Tokay is a member of
Romania's ethnic-Hungarian minority and had been minister
since 1996. Leaders of the Hungarian Democratic Party
nominated Senator Peter Eckstein to replace Tokay. The same
day, Romania's upper house voted to suspend ultranationalist
Senator Corneliu Vadim Tudor for urging coal miners to strike
last week. A Senate committee voted by six to four to ban him
from Senate sessions for 30 days for "not respecting the
professional code of the Senate." Tudor is the leader of the
Greater Romania Party. PB
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