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Faster repayment option for churches

The cabinet resolved to offer churches and religious organizations a new reimbursement option for properties nationalized during the communist era, the government spokesman said after yesterday's meeting. Under the new option, said spokesman András Batiz, they may sell their debts outstanding, owed them by the government, to a bank and be paid immediately, while the government will pay off the amount to the bank in installments. If they choose not to do that, he added, they may continue to abide by the original timetable under which the property or its value will be returned to them in full by 2011. (MTI)