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RFE/RL NEWSLINE 22 September 1999
HUNGARIAN SMALLHOLDERS VOTE AGAINST BUDGET. The cabinet on 21
September approved next year's draft budget without the
support of any of the ministers representing the junior
coalition Independent Smallholders. Agriculture Minister
Jozsef Torgyan and Defense Ministry State Secretary Janos
Homoki voted against the draft, while Environment Minister
Pal Pepo abstained. Torgyan said the Smallholders will
propose amendments to the budget draft. In other news, Laszlo
Paszternak announced his resignation as chairman of the steel
workers' union, after the Socialist Party recalled him as
Employment Committee deputy chairman (see "RFE/RL Newsline,"
21 September 1999). MSZ
HUNGARIAN CONSUL IN ROMANIA DENIES NATIONALIST ALLEGATIONS.
Hungary's new consul in Cluj, Laszlo Alfoldi, told
journalists on 21 September that Mayor Gheorghe Funar is "a
very interesting personality" but his actions represent "only
a fraction of the Cluj political spectrum," Mediafax
reported. Alfoldi denied allegations by Funar and the Greater
Romania Party that he had engaged in spying in the late 1980s
and was declared "persona non grata" in 1988 for that reason.
Meanwhile, Cluj Prefect Alexandru Farcas has extended until
27 September the ban on demonstrations in Cluj. The ban was
prompted by Funar's intention to call mass protests against
Alfoldi (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 17 September 1999). MS
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