Hungarian party in Romania RMDSZ invited to government
Bucharest, February 26 (MTI) – Romania’s ethnic Hungarian RMDSZ party would prefer participating in the country’s next government rather than supporting it from outside, RMDSZ chair Laszlo Borbely told MTI’s correspondent in Bucharest today, in wake of a government break-up.
The centre-left PSD government will have just a fragile majority in the 575-member parliament after the liberal PNL left the coalition. Borbely confirmed Prime Minister Victor Ponta’s invitation to the government on Wednesday. RMDSZ currently has 26 lawmakers in the Romanian parliament.
Borbely argued that entering government would mean a stronger representation of Hungarian interests, including nomination of Hungarian prefects in counties where Hungarians are in majority. Borbely noted that several lawsuits had been launched by Romanian prefects over the use of Hungarian symbols lately.
Borbely said that conditions for a coalition include the granting of more minority rights, free use of symbols associated with local Hungarian communities and launching development projects to boost the infrastructure in Transylvania. The question of autonomy should also be addressed during the negotiations, Borbely added.
Victor Ponta is set to announce his new government next Monday.