The Prime Minister’s Office’s state secretary in charge of ethnic Hungarian communities abroad welcomed the success of Hungarian deputies at Romania’s recent municipal elections, and said that ethnic Hungarian party RMDSZ had managed to obtain important positions.
Speaking at a conference, Árpád János Potápi said that “we, Hungarians, had a great, joint victory in Transylvania”, adding that this would provide RMDSZ a stable footing for the Romanian national election set for December 6.
Potapi made special mention of Marosvásárhely (Târgu Mureș), which “now again has a Hungarian mayor after 20 years”. “This could be the greatest victory and it could help reintegrate that city into the Hungarian blood circulation of Transylvania,” he insisted.
RMDSZ head Hunor Kelemen said that while four years ago 195 of his party’s candidates won mayoral mandates, that number was now 199.
The Hungarian Civic Party, however, won only 10 mayoral positions as opposed to 16 in 2016.