Ethnic Hungarian leader László Tőkés becomes citizen

Laszlo Tokes, vice-president of the European Parliament and president of the Hungarian National Council of Transylvania, took his formal oath to become a Hungarian citizen in Cluj, W Romania, on Monday.

Tokes, a hero of Romania’s anti-communist revolution in 1989 and a prominent leader of the ethnic Hungarian minority, and the other applicants taking their oath with him became Hungarian citizens under the new law on fast-track citizenship to ethnic Hungarians living abroad which took effect on January 1 this year.

The Cluj ceremony was attended by Zsolt Semjen, Hungarian deputy premier.

A similar ceremony was held in Miercurea Ciuc, a centre of Szekler Land, a central Romanian area inhabited by many ethnic Hungarians, on Monday in the presence of Speaker of Parliament Laszlo Kover.

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