Romania's Hungarian Union elects new leader

12:30, February 27, 2011      

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Romania's Culture Minister Kelemen Hunor was elected on Saturday the new president of the Hungarian Democratic Union, the main political organization representing the ethnic Hungarians of Romania and a member of the current government coalition.

Hunor took over from Marko Bela, who led the union during the past 18 years and decided not to run for re-election.

The election was held at the union's Tenth Congress, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday in the western city of Oradea.

Ranked first chance among the three candidates, Hunor got 371 votes, while his two competitors, Peter Eckstein-Kovacs and Gergely Olosz, received 118 and 47 votes, respectively.

In his first speech as union president, Hunor said that at least for the moment, the union has no reason to leave the governing coalition, adding that it would do so only "if agreements are not respected."

The Congress of the Hungarian Democratic Union enjoyed a lot of interest from Romanian politicians, with leaders of major political parties attending the event.

During the congress, the 555 participating delegates will also adopt amendments to the statute and program of the union.

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