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December 1, 2022

UDMR plans referendums in several counties on December 8

Leader of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR, in opposition) Kelemen Hunor announced yesterday that his party started the moves aimed at organizing referendums in six counties, which are to amalgamate in two economic development regions.
Kelemen told a news conference the referendum should decide that the central counties of Harghita, Covasna and Mures are to be part of one development region, while the counties of Bihor, Satu Mare and Salaj (north-western Romania) are to make up another.
The UDMR chairman announced that he would start collecting the signatures required to call a referendum on Thursday, with the action to end on October 14, when the lists will be handed in the County Councils, with the poll to be organized on December 8.
He explained such reorganization would provide more balanced development of the concerned counties. “You cannot have an administrative re organization without asking the opinion of those who live there. (…) If we see the poor and wealthy counties didn’t manage to reduce the differences between them, there is no point in persisting in the same mistake. Money begets money. Brasov is more powerful than Sfantu Gheorghe, the same is Cluj to Zalau. According to the law, we need to collect signatures from 5% of the population. We are convinced we shall get more,” Kelemen argued, as quoted by Mediafax. According to the current organization, those counties are included, alongside another three counties each in the Central Region and North West Region respectively.

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