RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 2, No. 105, 3 June 1998
HORN TO RESIGN AS HUNGARIAN SOCIALIST PARTY LEADER. Outgoing
Prime Minister Gyula Horn on 2 June announced his intention
to resign as Socialist Party chairman, executive deputy
chairwoman Magda Kovacs Kosa told Hungarian media after a
meeting of the party's steering board. She said that Horn
has headed the party for "an eight-year period of historic
significance" and that his decision requires no explanation.
A party congress to elect a new chairman will be convened in
late August or early September. Outgoing Foreign Minister
Laszlo Kovacs is likely to be Horn's successor. He was
quoted as saying he would not turn down such an offer. In
other news, President Arpad Goncz on 2 June told Viktor
Orban, chairman of the Federation of Young Democrats-
Hungarian Civic Party, that he will ask him to form the new
government at the inaugural session of the new parliament.
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