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Powers law passed, SMK ‘closer to remaining’ in cabinet

Parliament yesterday approved a Competence Law naming over 300 powers to be passed from the central government to newly created regional elected assemblies as of July 1, 2002. Béla Bugár, the head of the ethnic Hungarian SMK party which had threatened to leave government if yesterday’s Competence Law wasn’t passed by September 30, said the SMK was now “closer to remaining” in the coalition, and would be watching the fate of five related bills which will be discussed by parliament at the beginning of October before making its final decision.

Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
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