CEOL - Status Of Ethnic Hungarians To Be Settled In Two Years

BUDAPEST, Nov 19, 1999 -- (RFE/RL) Tibor Szabo, the chairman of the Office for Hungarians Beyond the Borders, said on November 17 that the Cabinet intends to resolve the legal status of ethnic Hungarians abroad within two years, Hungarian media reported.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban said the planned bills would grant ethnic Hungarians a status of "more than tourist but less than citizen." He said an amendment to the electoral law that would give voting rights to Hungarians living abroad has no chance of being passed as it would require the support of two-thirds of deputies in the parliament.

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