Opposition Jobbik denies reports of exodus of party members
Jobbik’s spokesman has dismissed reports of an exodus of party members.
Péter Jakab told public television on Tuesday that it was “natural” for members who disagree with the decisions of the party majority to quit after a leadership shake-up.
Ever since the May 12 party congress in which Tamás Sneider was elected to head the patriotic people’s party, 50 percent more people joined than left Jobbik, he said, adding that far from splitting, membership was stable.
“We still insist that Jobbik must represent the whole country, left-wingers as much as right-wingers.”
Jobbik lawmaker Dóra Dúró announced her decision to leave the party on Friday. Prior to that, Jobbik’s disciplinary committee froze out former deputy leader László Toroczkai who had made an unsuccessful run to lead the party before attempting to set up a platform within it.
Several members and officials, including Norbert Szőcs, Jobbik’s leader in Baranya County, have said they will follow in Dúró’s footsteps.
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