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by István Molnár
RMDSZ: Romániai Magyar Demokrata Szövetség (in Hungarian)István Molnár, 13 October 2000
UDMR: Uniunea Democrată Maghiară din România
Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (DAHR)
The Hungarians living in Romania form one of the largest national minorities in Europe. According to the last Romanian census (January 1992) 1,624,959 citizens (7.1% of the total population of Romania) consider themselves Hungarians and the overwhelming majority (98%) of the Hungarian minority is western Christian (51.7% Calvinists, 41.2% Catholics and 5.1% neo-Protestants).
After the fall of the communist dictatorship, on December 25th 1989, the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (DAHR) was founded to represent the interests of the Hungarian minority in Romania.
Since December 1996, for the first time in the history of Romania, a legitimate political force of the Hungarian community is member of the governmental coalition. On behalf of the DAHR 2 ministers, 11 secretaries of state, 2 prefects, 8 deputy prefects, as well as numerous specialists perform governmental activity.
The Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania is member of: the European Democrat Union (EDU), the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN), the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) and the associated member of the European Peoples Party (EPP).