RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol 2, No. 20 30, January 1998
HUNGARIAN CABINET DISCUSSES CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS. The government on 29
January decided to submit to the parliament a bill on the parliamentary
representation of ethnic minorities, Hungarian media reported (see "RFE/RL
Newsline," 28 January 1998). The bill proposes that minority
representatives be elected in October 1998, at the same time as local
elections are held. Cabinet spokesman Elemer Kiss criticized Socialist
deputy Mihaly Bihari for his recent proposal that minority elections be
postponed until 2002. The government also proposed amending the law on the
Constitutional Court to extend judges' terms from nine to 12 years. The
junior coalition party, the Free Democrats, are opposed to both
amendments, which would require changing the constitution. MSZ
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