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June 28, 2022

Marko Bela: Our purpose is not to threaten the coalition, but to observe the agreement

Deputy premier Marko Bela says that the purpose of UDMR is not to threaten the ruling coalition, as it was repeatedly accused by representatives of the opposition and the media, but to observe the agreement concerning the Targu Mures University of Medicine and Pharmacy (UMF). According to the honorary president of UDMR, the draft Government Decision on UMF Targu Mures has “the proper form” and was “a good solution,” as a result of “a compromise,” and “the coalition will have the strength of taking an agreement to the very end.” “For now, we must be confident in what we agreed inside the coalition and I do not consider another eventuality (substantial changes in the text of the draft law put on public debate). (…) I will wait for the 10 days to pass and, I repeat, I have confidence that we will take to the very end the decision we made in the coalition,” Marko Bela said, quoted by Mediafax. Answering a question about the online petitions in support of the autonomy of UMF Targu Mures being signed by many people, Marko Bela answered that authorities should not make their decisions according to opinion polls. On the other hand, the deputy PM said that UDMR has no possibility to remove Tokes Laszlo from the European Parliament, although he resigned last week from the Union, on whose lists he was elected as MEP. “It would be correct for him to also leave the EP, but we have no instrument for obtaining such a decision,” Marko Bela said. UDMR is now the only representative organisation of the Hungarian community, because “neither Tokes, nor others succeeded (…) in providing an alternative to what UDMR is doing,” Marko added. However, he refused to say whether he believes as still possible a coalition of ethnic Hungarian organisations in elections.

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