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The congress of green opposition LMP on Saturday elected lawmaker Erzsébet Schmuck as its co-leader.

Schmuck told a press conference after the vote that she and her fellow co-leader János Kendernay will work to make the party “indispensable and ready to govern” by 2022.

She pledged to focus on eliminating social injustice and climate protection.

Schmuck said ruling Fidesz had “torn the country apart”, and as a consequence, “people freeze to death in the winter and old people are left to fend for themselves”.

Regarding the party’s proposal on climate emergency, Schmuck said that parliament’s sustainable development committee, of which she is head, will discuss the proposal next week, and she had invited Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony to attend. The ruling majority had voted against the proposal, she noted.

Co-leader Kendernay said at the event that LMP had put the “contested issues of the past” behind itself and will now concentrate on its most important goals. LMP will work to foster a green transformation in the country, he said.

In the featured photo: Erzsébet Schmuck with János Kendernay (on the right). Photo by Márton Mónus/MTI