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RFE/RL Daily Report
                                     No. 160, 24 August 1994


MECIAR AGAIN TOPS SLOVAK POLL. According to an opinion poll taken
by the Slovak Statistical Office on 6-16 August, Movement for a
Democratic Slovakia Chairman and former Premier Vladimir Meciar
remains the most trusted Slovak politician, with the support of
25% of respondents. Following Meciar were Premier and Democratic
Union Chairman Jozef Moravcik with 19%, President Michal Kovac and
Party of the Democratic Left Chairman Peter Weiss, each with 15%,
parliament chairman Ivan Gasparovic with 14%, and Christian
Democratic Movement Chairman Jan Carnogursky with 6%. A total of
28.1% of respondents said they would vote for the coalition of the
MDS and the Peasant Party, compared with 19.3% for the Common
Choice (a coalition of the PDL and three other left-wing parties),
9.4% for the CDM, 7.8% for the Hungarian coalition, 6.3% for the
Slovak National Party and 5.4% for the DU. Falling just below the
5% cutoff were the Association of Workers of Slovakia, with 4.5%,
and the Democratic Party, with 4.3%. According to the poll, 74%
said they plan to vote in the upcoming elections, scheduled for 30
September and 1 October, down from 80% in July. The poll results
were reported by TASR on 23 August.  Sharon Fisher, RFE/RL, Inc.

HUNGARIAN MEDIA LAW DRAFTED. MTI reported on 23 August that the
Hungarian parliament's legal committee has finally completed work
on a draft media law regulating Hungarian radio and television.
Elaborate negotiations are expected between the political parties
and media interest groups about the final shape of the law. A vote
is planned at the end of September. The proposal includes three
options with regard to foreign ownership of radio and television
companies: a minimum Hungarian ownership of 33%, 51%, or
unrestricted foreign ownership.  Karoly Okolicsanyi, RFE/RL, Inc.

HUNGARIAN ECONOMIC RESULTS FOR THE FIRST HALF YEAR. Industrial
production rose by 8% in the first six months of 1994, compared to
the first half of 1993, MTI reported, citing the Central
Statistical Office. Energy consumption decreased by 5%. The
consumer price index rose 17.5%. Foreign trade registered a $1.7
billion deficit. The budget deficit in the first half of 1994
reached 184 billion forint, or about $1.8 billion, an increase of
150% over the same period of 1993.  Karoly Okolicsanyi, RFE/RL,
Inc.

HUNGARIAN ARMY FACES CUTS. Defense ministry spokesman Lt. Col.
Lajos Erdelyi told Magyar Hirlap on 23 August that financial
constraints will force the Hungarian Army to reduce in the next
one-and-half to two years the number of its conscripts by 10,000
to 12,000--a 15% drop from the present 60,000. Thus some 20,000
conscripts will start their service this week, 2,000 less than a
year ago. The ministry also plans to reduce in the near future the
length of military service from 12 to 10 months, and prepare a
list of military units and installations to be eliminated as part
of a long-term crisis management program.  Alfred Reisch, RFE/RL,
Inc.


  [As of 1200 CET]
  Compiled by Bess Brown and Anna Sabbat-Swidlicka
Copyright 1994, RFE/RL, Inc. All rights reserved.


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