Talking in N1 TV’s Vona 7 programme on Friday, Gábor Vona confirmed that he wanted to continue working with Tamás Sneider, János Volner and Dániel Z. Kárpát in the “board of winners”. He also named the three mayors that he suggested the general assembly to elect into Jobbik’s national board: the leader of the strongest opposition party backs the candidacy of such mayors as Dávid Janiczak of Ózd, Erik Fülöp of Tiszavasvári and László Toroczkai of Ásotthalom. Talking about Toroczkai, the president said he agreed to the proposition when asked for the third time.

Jobbik’s president pointed out that these mayors have won local elections several times and they are the kind of people that are needed in the party’s national board. In N1 TV’s programme, the president asked the members of the party to trust him and trust that he considered his decision carefully. He also confirmed that he assumed responsibility for his decision. “However, I cannot take the responsibility,” the people’s party leader added, “if I don’t feel I am surrounded by a team that I know is capable of the best work.” He reminded the viewers that the general assembly would decide about his position as well, and “if they want me, they should want me with this package!”

Of the three vice presidents he did not back for the new term, he praised István Szávay who announced this week that he would not run for vice president. Vona explained that he had several conversations with Szávay (who is a founding member of Jobbik) and the leader was glad that his vice president realized “the decision was not against István Szávay but for Jobbik.”

Responding to a question why Jobbik is going mainstream while Europe is becoming more radical, Vona cited the examples of France’s National Front and Austria’s Freedom Party (FPÖ). “Aren’t they going mainstream, aren’t they running a cutie campaign?” asked Jobbik’s president. In Vona’s view, Western European national radical parties are making efforts to leave their limitations behind and reach out to the widest social groups because these people would benefit from their political agenda. He expressed his belief that if the Hungarian society sees Jobbik as a party that has maintained its programme and values yet does not expect its voters to fully identify with each and every point of its agenda but simply asks them to vote for its programme, then Jobbik can also win the elections, just like FPÖ did.

Photo: Balázs Béli

Source: Jobbik – press release

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