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SZIJJÁRTÓ URGES TRANSCARPATHIA HUNGARIANS TO VOTE IN UKRAINE LOCAL ELECTION

 

Hungarians living in Ukraine should turn out in large numbers at the country’s local elections, to ensure representation in local governments, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said. In a Facebook post, Szijjártó encouraged Hungarians to vote in the local election, noting that the Transcarpathian Hungarian Cultural Association (KMKSZ) is the only Hungarian organisation running for seats in the Transcarpathia County Council. “It would be bad if Hungarians were left without county-level representation,” he said. He praised Zoltán Babják, the incumbent mayor of Berehove (Beregszász), as “doing a great job … it would be good if he could continue.” Transcarpathia Hungarians returning to Hungary after voting at the election will be exempt from quarantine obligations, he said, and the border crossing at Barabás-Kosyny will be opened to facilitate transport.