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The opposition Jobbik party will work to offer solutions to “people’s everyday problems” such as low incomes, Péter Jakab, the party’s new chairman and parliamentary leader, told a press conference after a meeting of the Jobbik group in Rácalmás, in central Hungary, on Friday.

Jobbik will propose that pensions are raised in a differentiated way, and that men should be granted the opportunity to retire after 40 years at work because “many men will not live until they reach retirement age,” Jakab said. He added that his party would propose that early pensions should be re-introduced especially for people doing hard physical work.

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Referring to the health sector, Jakab urged changes to the financing of hospitals, higher wages in the sector and a bigger budget to replace equipment. Education requires “much more” funds, too, he said, insisting that Jobbik would “spend money on restoring schools rather than on sports stadiums”. He went on to say that Jobbik is aimed at building a knowledge-based society rather than “raising slaves at school”.

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On another subject, Jakab said that “border control must be entrusted to a professional border police rather than security guards” and urged that the former border guards system should be reintroduced.

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