November 7th, 2011

New Democratic Coalition party officially elects former PM Gyurcsány as first leader

Hungary’s Democratic Party has changed its name for Democratic Coalition (DK) and elected former Socialist prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsany its leader on Sunday.

At a press conference, Gyurcsany also announced that the renewed party has elected Tamas Bauer, Jozsef Debreczeni, Csaba Molnar and Peter Niedermuller deputy chairmen.

DK will be Hungary’s “most democratic party” with all the members electing its officials directly at the party congress, Gyurcsany said, adding that the authority of each member in the party’s 12-strong presidium and the chairman itself will be virtually the same.

The new formation, an offspring of Gyurcsany’s former Democratic Coalition Platform within the Socialist Party, has so far received over 3,800 membership applications.

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