TITLE

Opposition loses in emotive election

PUB. DATE
February 2005
SOURCE
Emerging Europe Monitor: Central Europe & Baltic States;Feb2005, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p2
SOURCE TYPE
Country Report
DOC. TYPE
Country Report
ABSTRACT
The article reports that a referendum to afford citizenship rights to 5mn Hungarians living abroad, including 2.5mn in nearby European countries, has failed. Under the terms of the World War I Trianon Treaty, Hungary effectively ceded authority over two-thirds of its then territory. As a result, in the intervening years, a community of some 2.5mn ethnic Hungarians developed in Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine. Opposition leader Viktor Orban was the driving force in the campaign to allow ethnic Hungarians based in foreign countries to apply for passports. Having spent a significant amount of time speaking to ethnic Hungarians living in Romania, Orban is said to have closely identified with the referendum issue, and made citizenship rights a core and particularly emotive component of his party's political agenda.
ACCESSION #
16590004

 

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