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A two-day overhaul of Hungary's Communist leadership has resulted in the effective demotion of leader Karoly Grosz and a boost for pro-reformers. The Central Committee chose prominent reformer Rezsoe Nyers as party chairman on Saturday and appointed him to a new four-man ruling body that is dominated by advocates of democratic change.

The four will lead the Communist Party on a provisional basis until a crucial party congress Oct. 7 chooses who will lead the party as Hungary prepares for its first free elections next year.

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General Secretary Grosz, who sought a middle ground between hard-liners and reformers, had been under fire for hesitancy.

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