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Hungarian PM's row with old ally hits Budapest streets

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, speaking at a press conference in Budapest on January 7, 2016, authorized city authorities to take down advertising pillars owned by Lajos Simicska, tycoon and Orban's former college roommateA row involving Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his ex-college roommate, tycoon Lajos Simicska, has spilled onto the streets of Budapest as city authorities remove advertising pillars owned by the businessman. Last September Budapest City Hall voted to approve the early termination of a 25-year-contract with Mahir and remove the columns if the firm had not done so itself by December 31. Since the removals began last week, security personnel hired by Mahir have tried to form human chains around some of the structures, forcing City Hall to request police assistance.

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