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Fighting for 5 Percent

Three ethnic-Hungarian political formations will run in Romania's upcoming parliamentary elections. Only one has a chance--this time.

In Targu Mures, when the Hungarians win a majority on the town council or the Romanians vote in their candidate for mayor, half the city celebrates and the other half mopes.

In this city politics and ethnicity go hand in hand. When rioting broke out between the city's Romanians and Hungarians in March 1990, only three months after the fall of Nicolae Ceausescu, long-suppressed ethnic tensions came to world attention.

The city's population splits very nearly down the middle. Even the victims of the 1990 street fights happened to be divided equally between the two communities: three Romanians, three Hungarians

(TOL 22.x.04)

 
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