Roma gearing up for fall regional elections

A Slovak Roma political leader has predicted the ethnic minority will elect some dozen Roma candidates to regional parliaments in elections expected to take place this fall.

Ladislav Fizik, chairman of the Roma political umbrella group the Romany Parliament, made the claim August 4 at a Parliament meeting in southern Slovakia's Štúrovo. He said he expected to have between three and five members elected to each parliament in the Košice, Prešov and Banská Bystrica regions.

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