The foreign minister has urged Hungarians living in Ukraine to turn out in large numbers at the country’s local elections, to ensure representation in local governments.
Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreigh Affairs and Trade, encouraged Hungarians to vote via Facebook, noting that the Transcarpathian Hungarian Cultural Association (KMKSZ) is the only Hungarian organization running for seats in the Transcarpathia County Council. “It would be bad if Hungarians were left without county-level representation,” he said.
The minister also 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.
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