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Kelemen: Transylvanian Hungarians support government policies

Hungarians living beyond the borders, including in Transylvania, support the government's policies for their communities, evidenced by their votes at the recent general election, according to the head of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania.

In an interview carried by the daily Magyar Nemzet on Tuesday, Hunor Kelemen noted that the number of mail-in votes had increased by 24 percent since the previous elections four years ago, and turnout at the Hungarian consulate had also increased.

Kelemen welcomed the increased interest in the Hungarian elections, adding that Transylvanian Hungarians who also hold Hungarian citizenship had got a chance to express their opinion about the the government’s treatment of Hungarian communities beyond the borders.

Support for the ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrats abroad approached 94 percent, he said, confirming that Hungarians beyond the borders approved of the changes in government policies for ethnic Hungarians abroad witnessed during the past decade-plus, he said.

He said the two-thirds majority victory was important because it lent the government strong legitimacy in a difficult period, he added.

Commenting on Hungarian-Romanian relations, he said the forming of a new Hungarian government could give further impetus to bilateral relations. “This is all the more important because there is a war in a neighbouring country and everything will change around us in the years to come”, he said.

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