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János Stummer Bows Out of Jobbik

After losing his bid for the Jobbik presidency at their congress over the weekend, then laying out his differences with re-elected President Péter Jakab the next day, János Stummer has decided he’s had enough of the party.

Today I leave the Movement for the Better Hungary (Jobbik). At Jobbik’s elections on Saturday, I offered a clear political alternative to Jobbik’s delegates at the congress, but most of them said no to the patriotic policies and organizational renewal I had proposed.

-wrote János Stummer on Facebook, who only ended up with 27.8% of the vote for party president.

On Saturday, it became clear to me that the political community that I had been a member and builder of for the past 13 years did not want to continue on the road that is conducive to the future of my country. I have kept my distance from the policies and leadership practices of Péter Jakab and his narrrow group thus far, but I do not wish to be associated with him in the future.

-continued Stummer, who added that he had no intention of forming a new party or political movement.

Stummer headed the National Security Committee in the last parliamentary cycle, but did not win a seat in Parliament in this year’s elections after losing a bid for his Békécsaba-based district. [444]

Jobbik is in “Very Big Trouble,” Says Stummer

After losing the election for president of Jobbik at yesterday’s party congress, János Stummer posted the speech he gave at the event on social media, which wasn’t very complimentary of the job done so far by re-elected Jobbik President Péter Jakab:

At the beginning of this speech, it is worth asking who the other presidential candidate is besides me at this congress, because it is not Péter Jakab. Dear Peter, we can say that over the past two years, it was not you leading, and not you directing this party. Four years ago, you wrote to me that you can speak, but you can’t lead, and the past two years have borne out your statement. You have spoken, but others have led and directed instead of you.

-wrote the former head of the parliamentary National Security Committee.

Stummer believes that the party should start by saying openly, honestly, and directly that they are in very big trouble.

The politician added that he believes Jobbik needs to return to the “national path,” and also change the internal functioning of the party. “There is a bad atmosphere, dark rooms, threats, retaliation, and fear in many people now. But it wasn’t always this way,” wrote János Stummer. [HVG]

Jobbik Re-Elects Péter Jakab as President

Péter Jakab was re-elected as Jobbik President at the party’s congress on Saturday, Jobbik announced in a statement.

The congress was not open to the public, but the party said that Jakab won 71.4% of the vote, while his lone challenger, János Stummer, only managed to get 27.8%. 245 delegates were at the event, with 243 valid votes cast.

Jobbik’s party congress was overshadowed by reports earlier this week of an attempted rape that allegedly occurred during a party event late last year. [Magyar Hang]

Stummer and Jakab to Battle for Jobbik Presidency Tomorrow

Jobbik is holding its party congress on Saturday, where it will elect new officers, writes HVG. Three party members originally declared their candidacy for the role: current President Péter Jakab, János Stummer, and Rudolf Nagy.

Nagy, however, didn’t garner enough support to make it to the final ballot, so tomorrow’s election will come down to Stummer, who was the chair of Parliament’s National Security Committee in the previous term and declared his candidacy back in April, and Jakab, who has led the party for the past two years.

12 candidates are running for the role of vice-president, writes the news site. [HVG]

Stummer Running for President of Jobbik

Jobbik announced today that it would be holding its party congress on May 7, where the party will be deciding its leadership for the upcoming term. Soon after the announcement, Jobbik MP János Stummer declared his candidacy for the party’s presidency on Facebook.

Currently the head of the parliamentary National Security Committee, Stummer won’t be a member of the next Parliament after losing to Fidesz’s Tamás Herczeg in Békés County and not getting a seat from the joint party list in the April 3 elections.

Stummer attracted media attention after the election with his criticism of Jobbik President Péter Jakab, who said that Péter Márki-Zay was responsible for the opposition’s disastrous showing. Stummer felt that they should rather be concerned with “self-examination and self-reflection” instead of pointing fingers. [Index]

Opposition wants to investigate gov’t’s latest corruption scandals in extraordinary session

picture of János Stummer

A statement put out by Jobbik has announced that opposition members of the parliamentary National Security Committee, headed by the party’s János Stummer (pictured), will hold an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday to get briefed by relevant agencies on the following two issues:

• The Pál Völner corruption case, in which they expect to hear from the heads of the Office of Constitutional Protection and the Central Investigating Prosecutor’s Office about the alleged bribes given to the former State Secretary.

• The Attila Sztojka case, in which they will hear from representatives of the Ministry of the Interior and the Office for the Protection of the Constitution on corrupt activity suggested in covertly-recorded audio of the government commissioner.

The statement expresses their hope that MPs from the ruling Fidesz-KDNP parties will also honor the meeting with their presence and likewise receive answers to their questions.

The joint statement was signed by opposition politicians János Stummer, Zsolt Molnár from MSZP, and LMP’s Péter Ungár.

[Magyar Hang]

Stummer writes NSO Group for answers on Pegasus

picture of János Stummer

As he promised over the weekend, Chair of the National Security Committee János Stummer has written a letter to the Israeli manufacturer of Pegasus surveillance software, which was reportedly used by the government on business leaders, politicians, lawyers, and journalists.

In a letter sent in English and Hungarian, the Jobbik politician wanted to clarify some questions about the Hungarian use of the software. He also indicated that he would initiate proceedings to declassify the government’s contract with Pegasus, and make an official request, for the third time, that an inquiry commission be set up on the matter.

“I have sent a letter to the directors of the Israeli NSO Group informing us of what the Hungarian government is unwilling to talk about: who was surveilled, when, under what authority, and over what period of time?” the opposition MP wrote in a Facebook post on Monday afternoon as related by Népszava.

Stummer said in an interview on Sunday that the Pegasus spy software had been used by the government on over 100 Hungarians, and also that he had seen the framework contract for the sale but not the terms of any appendices. The recent uproar over the issue was sparked by Fidesz politician Lajos Kósa admitting to the media that on Thursday that the government had employed use of the software.

[Index, Népszava]

Stummer: government has used Pegasus on over 100 people

picture of János Stummer

The government has spied on over 100 people with the Pegasus surveillance software, according to Jobbik’s János Stummer, Chair of the National Security Committee in Parliament.

After the spy scandal broke into the public consciousness over the summer by the Direkt36 investigative reporting outfit, the government has been very tight-lipped about the subject. However, that changed on Thursday when Fidesz politician Lajos Kósa admitted to RTL Híradó that the Interior Ministry had purchased and used the software.

Speaking to the Partizán show on Sunday evening, Stummer told host Márton Gulyás that he thought Kósa’s admission had been a mistake. The Jobbik politician also stated that by mid-October he had already seen a framework contract showing that the state had indeed bought Pegasus.

The Jobbik politician reiterated that they are pushing for a fact-finding inquiry, because “until there is a change of government, this regime will not provide any meaningful answers [on the subject].” He also foresees a scenario in which “the Hungarian public will be able to learn more about it.”

Stummer also claimed that he would be contacting NSO, the Israeli manufacturer of Pegasus, on Monday.

[Magyar Hang]