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President officially opens parliament

Hungary's new Parliament was officially formed on Tuesday, after all 386 members took their formal oath of office.

”The election campaign is over and now we need to change the style in which we communicate with one another,” President László Sólyom said in his opening address at the first session of the new parliament. It is now time to "look at the facts, make decisions and take responsibility for them," said the president, pointing out to the 386-member assembly that the nation would benefit from strategic consensus on certain issues that have long-term ramifications, such as the environment, responsibility for future generations and evolving a shared policy concerning ethnic kin living in neighbouring countries.