“Jobbik’s biggest chance to defeat the Orbán-government, whose lack of credibility should be outweighed by credibility, will be in 2018”, Gábor Vona, the chairman and prime minister candidate of Jobbik said at a press conference for foreign journalists on Monday morning in Budapest, Alfahír reports.
According to Gábor Vona the parliamentary elections in 2018 will be decided between Fidesz and Jobbik. He called his party the most stable opposition party. There are political differences within the community, he said, adding that this is normal in a people’s party, and that their unity is unquestionable. He also added that different opinion polls might show different shades of results, but the numbers prove that Jobbik is the most popular party among voters under 35 and also that Jobbik has the best positions in terms of the rejection rate.
Jobbik’s prime minister candidate thinks that one of their biggest advantages is that, unlike the parties of the left, who can only respond to Orbánism with Anti-Orbánism, they have a program. According to Gábor Vona Fidesz is a very strong opponent, so strength and credibility is needed against them.
“We have to conduct an honest and trustworthy policy and step out of Viktor Orbán’s coordinate system,” he stressed.
JOBBIK IS ALREADY PREPARING TO GOVERN
Gábor Vona made it clear that they are not cooperating or forming any electoral alliance with leftist parties, because, by that, the party would lose its credibility. He added that there’s no need for such cooperation: while the weak parties need to calculate, a strong party can reach out to the voters. The leftist parties don’t really want to win the elections, their current confrontations are about post-election positions.
Jobbik’s prime minister candidate noted that Hungary wants a change of government, and the only thing they are waiting for is a party which is capable of that. He said that Jobbik’s goal is not just to replace the government, but they are already preparing to govern. Viktor Orbán is a failed politician, whose fall is bound to happen, it’s only a matter of time, he added.
JOBBIK STEPPED INTO THE 21TH CENTURY, AND LEFT THE 20TH CENTURY BEHIND
“Instead of the anti-democratic and corrupt Orbán-government we want a democratic and pro-people government. This is our slogan: on the side of the people. Instead of intensifying divisions, social conflicts and political ideologies, we have to strengthen the unity of the society,” he said.
Compared to the visions of leftist parties, it’s a major difference that Jobbik wants a full paradigm shift, he explained, adding that this doesn’t mean that everything should be changed or thrown away. Everything the Fidesz government has done right, should be preserved. For example, Jobbik would keep or further develop the measures to support families and the strict budget policy.
A Jobbik government would put the relations between the parties on new foundations and focus on constructive debates instead of empty, infertile confrontations. Furthermore, they would build bridges between the divided social groups. According to Gábor Vona these are the two things that separate the 20th century’s political agenda from the one in the 21st century. In the 20th century Hungary and the Hungarian people suffered a lot, and the turmoil created splits within our society. According to Jobbik’s prime minister candidate, 20th century parties can be recognized by the fact that they are building their political agenda on the splits and historical traumas of the 20th century, which evolved into paranoia, obsession and hatred, only intensifying the divisions.
“21st century policy, while recognizing the existence of these splits, doesn’t build its policy on them, but tries to find common goals which could build bridges”, Gábor Vona explained. He added that Jobbik has turned into a 21th century party from a 20th century party, this is the process of becoming a people’s party. It’s more important where Jobbik is going to, instead of where it comes from, he added. One of Jobbik’s most important goals is to improve the living standards of the Hungarian people, this is why the backbone of their program will be the wage union initiative, which was signed by the representatives of eight Central Eastern European countries on March 14.
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