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Hungarian referendum: 83% back EU Accession

The binding referendum on Hungary's accession to the European Union held on Saturday was successful as 83.76% of voters casting valid ballots, 38% of all eligible voters voted "yes", the President of the National Election Commission (OVB), Lajos Ficzere said on Sunday.

President of the Republic Ferenc Mádl, speaking after the results were announced, said the clear decision taken on Saturday had created a new historical situation in Hungary.

Prime Minister Péter Medgyessy said Hungary had passed through the longest and most difficult stage of the Budapest-Brussels marathon with the referendum.

(BBJ 14.iv.03)

 
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