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Mar042011

Elvis Presley to Be Named Honorary Citizen of Budapest

Hulton Archive/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The King of Rock is about to become a citizen of Budapest, Hungary nearly 34 years after his death.

Elvis Presley is set to be honored with citizenship and a landmark that will bear his name, according to The Guardian.  Budapest mayor Istvan Tarlos says the reason for Presley being honored is "not sentimental but political."

The King championed the Hungarian revolution in 1956, when the people rose up against their Soviet-run government, even though the revolt was crushed only a few weeks later.  Presley appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1957 and performed "Peace In The Valley" in honor of the Hungarian people.

The city has opened an online poll for citizens to vote on which of the 12 local landmarks should be renamed after Presley.  The voting ends March 15.

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