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The World

November 15, 1988

A new group has been formed in Hungary to press for multi-party elections with non-Communist candidates and to demand that Budapest renegotiate its ties with the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact, official media reported. The Federation of Free Democrats also called for the withdrawal of the estimated 65,000 Soviet troops in Hungary. The group was launched in Budapest at a meeting of independent political, ecological, religious and youth organizations, a participant said. Last week, the government approved a draft law that would legalize independent groups and trade unions.

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