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Hungary: Group which led Olympic bid retreat enters politics

FILE - In this feb. 17, 2017 file photo the president of the civic Momentum Movement Andras Fekete-Gyor, center, submits the collected signatures of Budapest residents against the bid of the Hungarian capital to host the the 2024 summer Olympic games in Budapest, in the Municipal Electoral Office, in Budapest. The Momentum Movement, a new group whose push for a referendum made Budapest withdraw its bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, says it has become a political party. Led by 28-year-old Andras Fekete-Gyor, said Sunday March 5, 2017  that it rejects the left-right political divide and seeks to replace ideologies with “value-based politics.  (Noemi Bruzak/MTI via AP,file)

FILE - In this feb. 17, 2017 file photo the president of the civic Momentum Movement Andras Fekete-Gyor, center, submits the collected signatures of Budapest residents against the bid of the Hungarian capital to host the the 2024 summer Olympic games in Budapest, in the Municipal Electoral Office, in Budapest. The Momentum Movement, a new group whose push for a referendum made Budapest withdraw its bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, says it has become a political party. Led by 28-year-old Andras Fekete-Gyor, said Sunday March 5, 2017 that it rejects the left-right political divide and seeks to replace ideologies with “value-based politics. (Noemi Bruzak/MTI via AP,file)  (The Associated Press)

The Momentum Movement, a new group in Hungary whose push for a referendum made Budapest withdraw its bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, says it has become a political party.

Led by 28-year-old Andras Fekete-Gyor, the party said Sunday that it rejects the left-right political divide and seeks to replace ideologies with "value-based politics." Though based in Budapest, Momentum plans to have candidates in all districts across the country in the 2018 parliamentary elections.

In February, the group, helped by some of the smaller opposition parties, succeeded in gathering over 266,000 signatures calling for a city-wide plebiscite on the Olympic bid. Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government, along with Budapest's mayor and the Hungarian Olympic Committee, decided to withdraw the candidacy, citing a loss of national consensus on the issue.