RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 2, No. 108, 8 June 1998
HUNGARY'S FIDESZ AGREES TO FORM COALITION WITH SMALLHOLDERS.
With 393 votes in favor and two abstentions, the congress of
the Federation of Young Democrats-Hungarian Civic Party
(FIDESZ-MPP) on 6 June formally authorized the party's
leadership to start coalition talks with the Independent
Smallholders' Party (FKGP). FIDESZ-MPP chairman Viktor Orban
said his party planned to form a coalition only with the
Hungarian Democratic Forum and the Christian Democratic
Federation but the election results force FIDESZ-MPP to
enter into a coalition with the FKGP. Former Free Democrat
leader Peter Tolgyessy, now a member of FIDESZ-MPP,
commented that "it is practically impossible to govern with
the FKGP." A coalition with Smallholders means that FIDESZ-
MPP must "continuously prepare for early elections," he
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