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Liberal party re-elects leader

The Alliance of Free Democrats (SzDSz), the liberal junior governing party, re-elected party leader Gábor Kuncze at a party congress on Saturday. Kuncze won by a wide margin after recent polls showed SzDSz had increased its popularity in February and March, indicating the party would now clear the 5% threshold to get back into parliament when elections are held in 2006.

Speaking after the vote, contender Fodor, a vocal supporter of euthanasia and gay rights, as well as more liberal economic policies, said he was prepared to cooperate with Kuncze and the party's new executives. Asked if SzDSz was considering running on a joint ticket with the senior government party at elections next year, Kuncze said this was not being discussed as an option. "We are confident that SzDSz will be able to exist as an independent party and represent liberal voters adequately if it runs, and wins seats in parliament, independently."

(BBJ 21.iii.05)

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