Jobbik Re-Elects Vona As Party Leader
(MTI) – The radical nationalist Jobbik party has re-elected Gabor Vona as party leader at a party congress held in Budapest on Saturday.
Vona was re-elected on support from 95 percent of over 500 delegates. He was the only candidate for the post.
Three deputy leaders were re-elected: Janos Volner, Tamas Sneider and Elod Novak, and three new deputy leaders were elected: Istvan Apati, Daniel Z Karpat and Istvan Szavay.
Jobbik plans to win the general election in 2018 and come in second at local elections in the autumn, Vona told delegates earlier in the day.
Vona said the next two years will see groundlaying work in the party. He said Jobbik needed a national TV or radio channel, it must prepare government strategy and structure and strengthen foreign relations.
He said Jobbik had been able to unite its forces and become a people’s party while fully adhering to its values and programme. Jobbik must give up radicalism in its style but not in content, Vona said.
The event hall was evacuated on a bomb scare after Vona’s speech, but the meeting resumed after a police search.
Photo: MTI – Zoltan Mathe