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RFE/RL NEWSLINE 7 July 1999
HUNGARIAN CONSTITUTIONAL COURT RULES AGAINST DIRECT
ELECTION OF PRESIDENT. The Constitutional Court on 6
July ruled that an initiative aimed at holding a
referendum on direct presidential elections is
unconstitutional, Hungarian media reported. The court
ruled that only the parliament can initiate a
constitutional amendment, which would be required to
establish direct presidential elections. The Social
Democratic Youth Movement had asked the court to examine
the issue, but the move was also supported by the
opposition Socialist Party, the extreme-right Hungarian
Justice and Life Party, and the ruling coalition member
Independent Smallholders' Party. Under the current
system, the president is elected by parliament. MSZ
HUNGARIAN POLICE TO INVESTIGATE DUMPED BANK PAPERS.
Hungarian police have launched an investigation into how
Postabank documents containing information on the
accounts of several well known Hungarian public figures
ended up in a waste dump near Budapest, Hungarian media
reported on 6 July. The documents consist of thousands
of pages containing dates ranging from 1991 to 1999. A
group of journalists found the documents after receiving
a tip from an unidentified source. The notorious "VIP
list" of politicians who allegedly received preferential
loans from the bank was not among the documents.
Postabank has also launched an investigation into the
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