Jobbik’s leader, Gabor Vona, has told supporters that if turnout is high enough in the April 8 general election, then there would be a chance of unseating the incumbent Fidesz-led alliance.
Speaking at an election rally in Békés, in south-east Hungary, on Tuesday, Vona said his radical nationalist party would stop corruption, sort out health care, and create a fair pensions system. He also underlined Jobbik’s pledge to keep the fence on the southern border and refuse entry to migrants “whether or not they have [bought a residency] bond”. Vona’s comments were a reference to the Orbán government’s controversial Residency Bond system which is a program that allows wealthy foreigners to essentially purchase a permit of permanent residency from the government in exchange for a deposit of 300,000 euros. This amount is later returned to the new Hungarian resident.
Vona also said Hungary’s biggest problem was not immigration but emigration, adding that the government did not care about the latter. The Jobbik leader insisted that the latest corruption scandal was linked to Lajos Kósa, a minister without portfolio in charge of the government’s Modern Cities scheme, who, according to reports,
handled 4.3 billion euros on behalf of a mysterious entity.
If elected into power, the Jobbik leader claimed his party would appoint a new chief public prosecutor, set up an anti-corruption agency based on the Romanian model, join the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, scrap a lawmaker’s right to immunity and the statute of limitations, and start investigations into the assets of lawmakers.
Ruling Fidesz in response said that “thirsty for power” Vona is willing to do anything for money. He has entered into “the Soros quota pact” brokered by those political players who “want to dismantle the border fence and turn Hungary into an immigrant country”, the party said in a statement. Jobbik cannot be relied on when it comes to Hungary’s protection, Fidesz said, noting that the radical nationalist party voted down, along with the opposition Socialists and the Democratic Coalition, the constitutional amendment submitted to ban the relocation of migrants to Hungary.
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