In Romania, Roma representatives have been working with the various governments to devise an institutional framework for improving the conditions of Roma/Sinti groups. In the first half of 2005, the government, which was formed in December 2004, made a strong political showing by seeking to shepherd through a law on national minorities. The Hungarian minority party, the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania, won 6.17 per cent of the votes for the Chamber of Deputies and 6.23 per cent of votes for the Senate in the 2004 election. Subsequently, it became a member of the governing coalition and a strong proponent of the new law on national minorities. While there was a strong tendency by the previous government to 'neutralize' the Hungarian political movement, the current coalition appears more balanced and willing to work with the Hungarian party.

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