Vol. 1, No. 107, 1 September1997
HUNGARIAN CHRISTIAN DEMOCRATS TO JOIN YOUNG DEMOCRATS.
Eight members of the Christian Democratic People's Party's dissolved
parliamentary faction, including ex-faction leader Tamas Isepy and
party deputy chair Zsolt Semjen, announced on 29 August their
intention to join the parliamentary group of the Alliance of Young
Democrats - Hungarian Civic Party (FIDESZ-MPP). Zoltan Pokorni,
Young Democrats' faction leader, welcomed the initiative and told
"Magyar Hirlap" that FIDESZ will decide about receiving the eight
new members at its September 7 meeting. He expressed hopes for a
positive decision, saying the move would help establish a moderate,
centrist opposition coalition. Meanwhile, the Hungarian Christian
Democratic Union, established in mid-July and consisting of groups
distancing themselves from the party's present leadership, elected
Laszlo Surjan as the union's leader on 30 August.
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