Budapest, April 22 (MTI) – Radical nationalist Jobbik leader Gabor Vona said on Friday that his decision not to support the re-election of three of his deputies was final.
Vona told a press conference that he did not insist on keeping his post but maintained the view that Jobbik can only win in 2018 if it is united and goes in one direction, which cannot be said about the party in its current form. He said he wanted to work in an inspiring atmosphere.
Vona said that he would continue to work for Jobbik even if the party congress scheduled for June does not keep him in place. The party leader added that he knew of no challengers but was open to compete for the post.
Vona confirmed that he opposed deputy leaders Elod Novak, Istvan Apati and Istvan Szavay running for re-election and would use his authority as party leader to prevent their attempts. He said the party rules enable him to exercise a filter role and pick the persons from among the candidates whom the congress would vote about. In line with Jobbik’s statutes, deputy leaders must get at least 10 percent support from members and the party leader at least 20 percent.
Vona said he will expect the three departing deputy leaders to remain involved in targeted policy issues. He added, however, that there are more suitable persons for the posts, including mayors who have already won municipal elections and governed a community.
“I want to involve in the board the ability of winning and governing,” he said.
Vona said that the ruling Fidesz can only be replaced by his party. To attain this aim, Jobbik should canvas uncertain voters and even those who currently support other parties, he said.
Vona said he would name his candidates for deputy leader next Friday.