It is not a priority of the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ) to set up a political party in Hungary, the party’s leader, Hunor Kelemen, said on Tuesday, after senior RMDSZ politicians flagged the idea at the weekend.
Kelement told Erdelyi Kronika, a Hungarian-language daily published in Romania, that the RMDSZ planned to concentrate on the Romanian general election in autumn.
“There is no decision on this issue and it will not be considered in the near future, although the idea emerged some time ago,” he told the paper.
He added, however, that the suggestion that RMDSZ should have an institutional framework or party in Hungary, to which Hungarians with dual citizenship could give their vote, was “not a blasphemous idea”.
Senior RMDSZ politicians told the party’s council of representatives at a meeting in Targu Mures (Marosvasarhely) on Sunday that a party in Hungary could be established in collaboration with ethnic Hungarian organisations in Slovakia, northern Serbia and Transcarpathia (western Ukraine) to represent the interests of Hungarians living outside the motherland.
In the June 10 election, RMDSZ secured 5.52 percent of the vote, up from 5.12 percent in 2008.
Tibor Toro, the leader of a party rival, the Hungarian National People’s Party of Transylvania (EMNP), told Kronika that RMDSZ should come out in the open about its “embarrassed relationship with the Hungarian Socialist Party [MSZP]“.
Leader of the MPP, Jeno Szasz, said “RMDSZ does not need to register as a party in Hungary because it already has one; it is called MSZP.”