Election 2018 – High voter turnout could facilitate government change, says Vona
Gábor Vona, the leader of Jobbik, on Thursday called on voters to cast their ballot at the upcoming national election and argued that the incumbent Fidesz-Christian Democrat government could be replaced if there is a high turnout at the polls.
Speaking at a campaign rally in Kőszeg, in western Hungary, Vona referred to his party as a “real government-changing power”, a party “unaffected by graft scandals”, one with a professional programme, and one which has “trained for government” with eight years spent in opposition.
Concerning “slanderous” allegations about himself, Vona said that
“all that you have heard or will hear is not true; I am not a believer of Allah, I don’t want to harm pensioners and I am not a homosexual, either.”
Jobbik does not seek to dismantle Hungary’s southern border fence; on the contrary, they would reinforce border control by re-establishing the border guards, Vona said.
If Jobbik wins power, he said, it would set up a prosecutor for corruption cases and would join the European Prosecutor, too, to “give the green light to any investigation necessary”, Vona said.
Vona insisted that if Hungary had “a decent government which doesn’t steal everything we could become the Switzerland of central Europe”. But now “we are no longer competitive compared with Poles, Czechs or Slovaks; we are competing with Romania or Bulgaria,” he added.