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April 22, 1989
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Approved for Release: 2019/10/29 C06826737 HUNGARY: Leadership Proposes Sweeping Reforms The liungarian Politburo this week made several decisions that. if adopted by the Central C'ommittee nest month. will reduce the party's ability to control the political and economic systems. The Politburo voted to give up party control of appointments to important nonparty posts, including government ministries. The leaders also decided to shift the !bens of the party's local activities from enterprises to neighborhoods, arguing that the party should be engaged in politics, not production management. The Politburo apparently handed General Secretary Grosz a personal defeat by refusing to back his public opposition to formal tics among "reform Circles" in party organizations�that is. the supporters of his rivals Imre Pozsgay and Rerso Nyers. Comment: The proposed changes directly attack the power and prerogatives of the party's hidebound apparatus. Grosz's principal source of support. Opponents of reform are sure to put pressure on the Central Committee to defeat or water down the proposals. but concerns that reformers might bolt the party and take with them a majority of its members will be a strong counterweight. The Politburo's decisions suggest that some of Grosz's former supporters recognize that momentum is with Pozsgay, Nycrs, and the reform camp. NR Record 9 WM, . �� 1---"OrSeL TCS 2793/89 22 April 1989 Approved for Release: 2019/10/29 C06826737