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Hungarians Allowed Snooze Referdum

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After all those decades under Soviet domination, citizens of Hungary want all the democracy they can get. A national election committee has allowed a referendum. It will ask if Hungary should introduce the siesta — the mid-afternoon rest common in Latin America. Supporters can't rest, since they need 200,000 signatures to make the ballot. Officials disallowed other referendum questions, including one telling restaurants to serve free beer.

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

After all those decades under Soviet domination, citizens of Hungary must want all the democracy they can get. A national election committee has allowed a referendum. It will ask if Hungary should introduce the siesta - the mid-afternoon rest common in Latin America. Supporters can't rest, since they need 200,000 signatures to actually get on the ballot. Officials disallowed other referendum questions, including one telling restaurants to serve free beer.

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