GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
Politics: Monopolized by Hungarian Socialist
Party (HSWP), the communist party. Other parties
liberalized conditions of late 1980s, including
Smallholders' Party and Social Democratic Party.
Roundtable engaged in talks with HSWP to reform political
Government: Constitution of 1949 substantially
in 1972. National Assembly met infrequently but was
importance in 1989. Presidential Council and Council of
principal government bodies. Important posts occupied by
highranking HSWP members.
Foreign Relations: Diplomatic relations with
countries. Allied with Soviet Union in international
Relations with United States throughout postwar period;
late 1970s, these relations have warmed considerably and
1980s have blossomed.
International Agreements: Participation in
Mutual Economic Assistance (Comecon), Warsaw Pact, and
Nations. Signatory to Helsinki Accords and Mutual and
Force Reduction Agreement.
Data as of September 1989