The city of Temesvár (Timişoara) in southwestern Romania is to have an ethnic Hungarian vice mayor for the first time since the transition to democracy in 1989 under an agreement between the local branches of the National Liberal Party (PNL) and the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ), the country’s largest ethnic Hungarian party.
The agreement was concluded with regard to the city’s rich multi-ethnic traditions and the two parties’ joint majority in the municipal assembly, in order to provide for effective local self-government.
In the future, reelected Liberal city mayor Nicolae Robu’s work will be assisted by two vice mayors, one each representing PNL and RMDSZ. Imre Farkas is the first ethnic Hungarian mayor of the city on the banks of the river Bega since the transition to democracy in 1989. Temesvár’s Hungarian minority amounts to only five per cent of a total population of 303 000 inhabitants.
Local government elections were held in municipalities across Hungary’s eastern neighbour on 5 June.