Romanian ethnic minority parties

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The Romanian Constitution (Article 62), under the conditions imposed by the Electoral Law, provides seats in the Chamber of Deputies for the party and cultural association of ethnic minorities in Romania (with the limitation that each national minority is to be represented by one organization only). Traditionally, these groups support the government in power.[1] The number of seats awarded to ethnic minorities varied from 10 in 1990 up to 18 between 2000 and 2016. Following the 2016 elections, 17 seats were awarded in accordance with the constitutional provision.

List of parties[edit]

The following parties have held seats in the Chamber of Deputies.

In addition to these, the ethnically-based Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania [1] (Romanian: Uniunea Democrată Maghiară din România, UDMR; Hungarian: Romániai Magyar Demokrata Szövetség, RMDSZ) has played a significant role in the country's politics, competing in elections essentially the same manner as non-ethnic parties.

A number of political parties represented Romania's ethnic minorities—particularly Hungarians, Germans and Jews—until 1938 and, in the case of the Hungarian People's Union, until 1953.

References[edit]

  1. ^ (in Romanian) "Minorităţile nu participă la viitoarea guvernare" ("Minorities Will Not Participate in the Next Government"), Ziarul Financiar, 5 December 2008; accessed October 15, 2009