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Opposition Parbeszed elects new leaders

Opposition party Parbeszed elected lawmaker Rebeka Szabo and parliamentary group leader Bence Tordai its co-leaders at a congress on Sunday.

The former co-leaders, Gergely Karacsony, who is the mayor of Budapest, and Timea Szabo, an MP, did not run for the posts again.

At a press conference after the vote, Szabo said the congress affirmed the party credo focussing on involvement with sustainability and environmental issues. Everybody has a right to healthy food, clean air and drinking water, and a secure and healthy environment in which to live, she added.

She said Parbeszed is working to build a “green Hungary” and advocating for a “green movement”. She added that a stand must be taken against “rampant capitalism” that “exploits” workers, while ensuring equal access to health care and education.

Problems faced by women need to be addressed, as do equal rights for the Roma and the LGBTQ community, she said.

Tordai said party leaders would be tasked with strengthening Parbeszed as a party in the coming two years.

He added that Karacsony would head a working group preparing the party for the 2024 municipal elections and Timea Szabo would return to parliament as party group leader in the autumn session.

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