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Live Chain for Hungary formed

A new political party called Live Chain for Hungary was founded in Budapest at the weekend mainly to address green issues, national daily Magyar Hírlap reported. The party was set up by environmentalists, sociologists, architects and other intellectuals grouping around the NGO Protect the Future that put forward László Sólyom as a candidate for president of the republic this summer. András Lányi, the organisation's leading figure and a member of its five-strong board, said Live Chain supported sustainable development and health protection, and offered an alternative to voters disappointed by day-to-day bickering among mainstream parties. Live Chain plans to participate in next year's general and local elections and the European parliamentary elections. Lányi said the party would not measure its success by immediate electoral results. It aims to canvass votes from the non-committed supporters of other parties, he added.