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RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol 2, No. 90, 13 May 1998
HUNGARIAN OPPOSITION UNITES FOR RUN-OFF. The Federation of
Young Democrats-Hungarian Civic Party (FIDESZ-MPP) and the
Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF) on 12 May agreed to
withdraw candidates in favor of those who fared best in the
first round of parliamentary elections. The Democratic
People's Party also announced that it will withdraw its 31
candidates for the sake of FIDESZ. Independent Smallholders'
chairman Jozsef Torgyan has urged that a "reasonable
agreement" be reached with FIDESZ, which, he said, is
playing a "tactical power game "in refusing to hold talks
with his party. Socialist Party chairman Gyula Horn warned
that a government of moderate-right, radical, and extreme
right-wing parties could endanger political and economic
stability as well as delay Hungary's EU and NATO
JEWISH CEMETERY DESECRATED IN ROMANIA. Unidentified persons
have desecrated the Jewish cemetery in the Transylvanian
town of Targu Mures, Mediafax reported on 12 May. Anti-
Semitic inscriptions such as "Death to the Jews" and " Jews
to Israel!" were scrawled on the cemetery's walls. A local
police officer said the incident occurred two days earlier.
In 1994, several tombstones were overturned by unidentified
vandals in the same cemetery. The Jewish community in Targu
Mures today numbers fewer than 100. Of the 7,500 Jews
deported to Auschwitz by the Hungarian fascist regime in
May-June 1944, only 1,197 survived. MS
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