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New referendum attempt on Budapest 2024 bid gets initial OK

October 06, 2016 - 5:49 AM

BUDAPEST, Hungary - The Budapest election committee has approved a journalist's initiative to hold a city referendum on the Hungarian capital's bid to host the 2024 Olympics.

The decision published Thursday can be appealed within 15 days to Hungary's supreme court, which earlier this year blocked a similar referendum on the bid.

On Wednesday, another initiative by investigative journalist Katalin Erdelyi — to hold a nationwide referendum on Budapest's bid — was rejected by the national election committee.

The question submitted by Erdelyi in the city-wide referendum would ask voters whether they agree that Budapest should withdraw its 2024 Olympic bid.

Paris and Los Angeles are also bidding for the games. Rome's bid has been rejected by the city's mayor, Virginia Raggi, and the city council.

Hamburg withdrew its bid after it was rejected by voters in a referendum.

News from © The Associated Press, 2016
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