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Gábor Vona Won’t Take up Jobbik Parliament Seat; Nézőpont Institute Says the Party May Split

Hungary Today 2018.04.10.

Despite the fact that his party had won the second-highest number, 25 of parliamentary seats, Jobbik PM candidate Gábor Vona expressed his disappointment with the day’s results and announced his resignation as party leader yesterday. Meanwhile, pro-government Nézőpont Institute analyst says that Jobbik may split to two factions: a moderate and a radical.

Besides his resignation as party leader, Vona has also said that he would not contest at the party’s leadership election and will not take up the parliamentary seat he won from the votes cast for Jobbik’s national list in Sunday’s general election.

Jobbik gained 25 out of 199 seats with 19.36 percent of votes. In a Facebook post on Monday, Vona said the board of Jobbik had accepted his resignation after the party’s election defeat. He said as the prime ministerial candidate of Jobbik, he had assumed full responsibility for the party’s election result, adding that he had kept his promise to step down as party leader if Jobbik would not win the election.

Vona reiterated his view that Jobbik was Hungary’s second-strongest party and “the only true force within the opposition”. He wrote:

I will do everything to ensure that this community gets even stronger in the coming period, but after 12 years, no longer as the chairman.

He thanked Jobbik’s voters for their support in the election and said that despite ruling Fidesz won a two-thirds majority, Jobbik will continue to fight for a “safe, liveable, free and fair Hungary”.

Meanwhile, pro-government Nézőpont Institute analyst told state television on Tuesday that it is possible that Jobbik will torn into two factions, a moderate and a radical, and the two may split.

According to Csaba Fodor, Jobbik was struggling before with a problem of credibility, as some of the leaders of the party argued that the real nature of the party is radical, while other – such as former leader Gábor Vona – wanted to turn it into a moderate people’s party.

Fodor added the question was which the real nature of the party is and whether they could carry any credibility once it had decided on a new direction. He said it was still uncertain whether Jobbik would end up being the second most potent political force after ruling party Fidesz.

Fodor added that the leftist-liberal parties, for their part, secured more mandates between them than Jobbik did. According to him “this is a serious self-harm” on Jobbik’s part, given that they planned to obliterate the left wing in Sunday’s election.

via MTI