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Ukraine elects new government

July 26th, 2019

A conservative columnist hopes that the new Ukrainian government will put an end to what is widely regarded in Hungary as the discrimination against the Hungarian minority.

Magyar Hírlap’s Zoltán Veczán is optimistic that after the defeat of former president Poroshenko’s party and the victory of the Servant of the People party of Mr Zelensky, the new president, Ukraine will democratize and will recognize the rights of the Hungarian minority in Transcarpathia (in the far west of Ukraine). Despite the fact that no Hungarian minority candidate won a seat in the Ukrainian Parliament, Veczán is hopeful that the new government will end the persecution of Hungarians. He notes that the Ukrainian ban on dual citizenship as well as the language law restricting the use of minority languages were motivated by Ukrainian fears of Russian expansion. As Hungary does not advocate territorial revisionism by force, he hopes that the new government will withdraw the laws that make life more difficult for Hungarians.

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