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New Hungarian Premier Elected

December 22, 1993

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) _ Parliament approved Peter Boross on Tuesday to replace the late Prime Minister Joszef Antall. In a pre-vote speech, Boross promised to revive the economy.

Boross, the interior minister, became acting prime minister after Antall’s death on Dec. 12.

He received 201 votes Tuesday in the 386-seat parliament, with 152 deputies voting against.

Abstentions, unfilled mandates and absences accounted for the remainder.

Boross promised to create new jobs and stimulate investment, reflecting his awareness of parliamentary elections scheduled for mid-1994.

Opinion polls here indicate broad disenchantment with politics and the parliamentary system. Free market reforms begun after communist rule ended in 1989 have left about 2.5 million people at or below the poverty line.

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