RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
RFE/RL NEWSLINE 3 January 2000
HUNGARY MOVES HOLY CROWN TO PARLIAMENT. More than 15,000
people on 1 January lined up for hours to see the 1,000-year-
old crown of Hungary's first king, Saint Stephen, following
its transfer from the National Museum to the parliament
building. Prime Minister Viktor Orban told a festive
parliamentary session that "the Holy Crown created the
opportunity for Hungary to join Europe 1,000 years ago and as
such is better seen as a living symbol of the state and
national unity than as a museum relic." The opposition
Alliance of Free Democrats, Socialist Party Chairman Laszlo
Kovacs, and former Prime Minister Gyula Horn boycotted the
session, saying they oppose the decision to transfer the
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