March 22, 2009 |
Hungary's prime minister stunned the country by announcing his resignation, saying he had become an "obstacle" to the reforms needed to pull the nation out of its worst financial crisis since the end of communism nearly 20 years ago. Ferenc Gyurcsany, of the ruling Socialists, made the unexpected announcement at his party's congress, saying he was keeping a pledge made in January 2008 to change leadership if the beleaguered party's popularity failed...
March 16, 2009 |
Several thousand people held anti-government protests in the Hungarian capital during a national holiday Sunday, and police detained 35 people. Dressed in riot gear, the police chased some of the protesters through the streets of Budapest and prevented them from reaching the parliament building, where violent protests had taken place in 2006. At one point, tear gas was used to drive back a small group of demonstrators that tried to attack police lines near St. Stephen's Basilica.
October 9, 2006 |
Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters called for the ouster of the Socialist prime minister because of his admission on a leaked tape that he had lied to Hungary about the economy. Protesters who have gathered outside parliament pressing for the removal of Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany since Sept. 17 were joined Friday by the nation's largest center-right opposition group, which promised to continue the rallies until Gyurcsany is ousted.
March 16, 2007 |
Hungarian police and rioters clashed in Budapest after thousands of people rallied to demand that Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany resign. The opposition rally in the capital had been peaceful, but fighting flared when protesters later tried to prevent the arrest of one of their leaders. Water cannon and tear gas were used to clear the streets of several thousand mostly far-right radicals who threw stones at police and set fire to trash cans and a barricade.
November 4, 2004 |
Hungary will withdraw its 300 troops from Iraq by the end of March, government officials said Wednesday. Hungary is the first of the new European Union states that had joined the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq to announce a formal withdrawal date, although the mandate of the troops, who form a transport battalion, had been due to expire at year's end. The new withdrawal date will require a two-thirds majority vote in parliament.
October 14, 2006
Re "Hungary on the brink," Opinion, Oct. 7 One wonders about Andras Gollner's impartiality when he labels Hungary's opposition Fidesz party as dangerously anti-democratic. He conveniently sidesteps the harsh truth revealed in the leaked tape recording in which Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany admits that his party had publicly lied about its financial mismanagement of the country to win the election. Despite the outrage and spontaneous demonstrations that this provoked across the country, Gyurcsany not only refuses to resign, but the Stalin-era style constitution makes it practically impossible to remove him from office.