RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol 2, No. 53, 18 March 1998
HUNGARIAN MINORITIES TO RUN ON JOINT LISTS? Mihaly Karagics has said he
believes there is a "realistic chance" that minorities will win seats in
the elections scheduled for May if they join forces and run on joint lists,
AFP reported on 17 March. Karagics heads the ethnic Minority Forum recently
set up in January by representatives of the Croatian, German, and Slovak
minorities. The statement was made after the failure of the parliament
earlier this week to pass amendments that would have ensured minority
representation in the legislature (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 17 March 1998).
Observers believe that such lists have no chance of success unless backed
by Hungary's largest minority, the 600,000-800,000 Roma. MS
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