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Péter Jakab Resigns as Jobbik President

Péter Jakab resigned as president of Jobbik on Wednesday, he announced on his Facebook page.

For the movement to keep working, it needs a president the board can work with. It can’t with me, so I’m resigning as Jobbik’s president today.

-wrote the politician, adding that it didn’t seem to matter that he was re-elected as president by a 70% majority on May 7. He justifed his resignation by saying:

It has now become clear that the new board does not want to go down the membership path. I have not been provided with the majority to make necessary decisions, meaning that control of Jobbik has been taken away from me.

This remark may have been a reference to Jobbik Vice President Anita Potocskáné Kőrösi, against whom Jakab recently filed a complaint, claiming that Potocskáné Kőrősi assumed the powers of the party presidency in Jakab’s absence.

Péter Jakab will remain as Jobbik’s leader in Parliament.

Jobbik held an extraordinary board meeting on Wednesday night, with suspicion that Jakab’s presidency would also be on the agenda in the midst of widespread dissatisfaction in the party with his leadership and with those around him.

János Stummer challenged Jakab as party leader in their May congress, but fell short and subsequently left the party, stating that he did not “wish to be associated with” Jakab anymore. [HVG]

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]

Jakab Re-Elected as Jobbik Leader in Parliament, Tordai to Lead Dialogue

“Jobbik’s 10-person parliamentary caucus has been set up. It’s an honor to be chosen again as caucus leader by my fellow MPs,” wrote Péter Jakab on Facebook. The Jobbik President then wrote that this was “bad news for Fidesz,” as they will be forced to listen to his parlimentary speeches as his party’s group leader.

Dialogue has also set up its parliamentary caucus, with Bence Tordai as the party’s temporary leader. According to a party statement, Tordai will hold this position until new leaders are elected at their next party congress, after which Tímea Szabó will again lead their group in the National Assembly. [Népszava]

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]

Jobbik puts Roma politician on its party candidate list

picture of Ferenc Varga and Péter Jakab

Ferenc Varga is a very talented, pro-active, hard-working young man. ➡️ He has a degree in economics, and has led the Roma ethnic self-government in Szegvár since 2014.

-wrote Jobbik President Péter Jakab on social media as he introduced the party’s latest candidate. Jakab stated that the party wanted to run Varga as a candidate in the primary elections last fall, but the Roma politician declined the offer. Now, Jobbik is offering Varga a place on the joint party list of candidates being drawn up by the opposition coalition.

Feri! You have signed up for this job. It’s a tough task, and you didn’t ask for a seat for in Parliament for it. And that’s exactly why you deserve it.

-wrote the Jobbik chair.

In the televised debate for opposition candidates vying for the prime ministerial nomination on September 24 last year, Péter Márki-Zay asked the four other candidates to provide leading spots on the joint opposition list to members of the Roma community.

All of the other candidates pledged to do this except for Péter Jakab, who said he was not a fan of quotas. Jakab referred to this earlier comment in his Facebook post:

As I’ve said to you and to Péter Márki-Zay: I do not support quotas. Talent, however, I do. Regardless of origin.

Since the televised debate, Márki-Zay later won the opposition’s nomination for prime minister, and has repeatedly brought up what the other candidates pledged to do during the debate.

Jobbik’s announcement is the party’s response to him, and Márki-Zay himself acknowledged this in a comment he left on Jakab’s post, writing:

I pay respect to Jobbik’s decision, as I consider it extraordinarily important that Hungary’s gypsy population are given real representation in Parliament. Good luck, Ferenc!


Jobbik launches petition against mandatory vaccination

picture of Péter Jakab

“Orban lied! We’re launching a petition against mandatory vaccination,” wrote Jobbik President Péter Jakab on Facebook on Wednesday, accompanied by a video in which he explained the decision:

The government is making vaccines required in more and more places. Jobbik refuses vaccine mandates. Everyone is free to decide whether or not they want to get vaccinated.

According to Jakab, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán originally promised that that would not make the vaccine mandatory. However, said Jakab:

He then made it mandatory for police officers, firefighters, teachers, health workers, and finally he said it was up to the employer to decide. And I’m saying that you should decide.

-said the Jobbik President in the video.

Gergely Gulyás, head of the Prime Minister’s Office, announced last October in a Government Information briefing that employers would be able to make vaccination compulsory for their employees if they wanted. Vaccine mandates also apply to public school teachers. Educators who don’t get vaccinated will first be sent on unpaid leave, then can be dismissed if they still haven’t gotten the shot.


Márki-Zay and Jakab hold private talks to hash out campaign and caucus details

picture of Péter Márki-Zay and Péter Jakab

Péter Márki-Zay, the candidate for prime minister of the united opposition (pictured, left), and Jobbik President Péter Jakab (pictured, right) met behind closed doors in Hódmezővásárhely on Thursday morning, Telex writes. Jakab told the news site that he travelled to Márki-Zay’s hometown to clarify certain public comments that have been made recently about the campaign.

After their talks, both men put up posts on the importance of strengthening unity within the opposition, but said that they still disagreed on several issues. Most critically, Márki-Zay thinks that the parties are still not investing enough money in the campaign, and Jakab does not agree on the issue of the seventh caucus in Parliament.

According to the article, one of the most contentious issues was the money spent on the campaign. Márki-Zay has said in the past that the coalition parties are not even putting 1 billion Ft. (US $3.06 million) into the campaign, despite the fact that Jobbik receives 2.7 billion Ft. ($8.27 million) a year. He now told Telex that he had a more accurate picture of the party’s finances, but it remains true that the prime ministerial candidate’s campaign center is providing more support to individual candidates than the amount that the parties are jointly contributing to the campaign.

Their other sticking point concerned the question of the seventh caucus. Following his primary election victory, Péter Márki-Zay said that he wanted a separate caucus for Conservatives in Parliament, and later talked about founding his own party.

But in an interview published in Szabad Európa on Thursday, the President of Jobbik said that his party did not support changing the primary election rules during the present campaign. He also mentioned that the voters gave a hard no to József Pálinkás’ New World People’s Party based on election results, which in Márki-Zay’s plans would form the basis of the seventh caucus.

After these results, whoever wants to form a new Parliamentary caucus with them is disregarding the will of the electorate.

-stated Péter Jakab on the New World People’s Party.

Following the meeting, Márki-Zay told Telex that there had been no breakthrough regarding the seventh caucus, but that they were now clear on each other’s position on the matter. In any case, he still hopes to reach an agreement on the issue.

[HVG][Photo: Péter Márki-Zay / Instagram]

Jakab: Péter Márki-Zay needs to learn to compromise

picture of Péter Jakab

Jobbik President Péter Jakab offered some criticism of the opposition’s candidate for prime minister, Péter Márki-Zay, saying that he lacks the ability to compromise and that he needs to stop commenting on the private lives of others.

In an interview with Rita Benyó from Jelen, Jakab said that he likes it when someone is outspoken and not politically correct, and believes he is similar to the mayor of Hódmezővásárhely in this respect.

“Where we differ is in our willingness to compromise. I think he has yet to learn that,” said Jakab, who competed against Márki-Zay during the recently-concluded primary elections.

Jakab claims he never wanted to be prime minister. When he first thought about who might make an ideal candidate for the job, Péter Márki-Zay came to mind, as he said it should be “a civilian who stands above the parties, perhaps because that person will be able to embody the will of the electorate in the most integrative sense.”

The president of Jobbik also said the Hódmezővásárhely mayor approached him last December and asked for the backing of his party. However, Jakab said that Márki-Zay’s lack of willingness to compromise was noticeable at the meeting.

“It was then that I decided I was going to run for prime minister, because this six-party crowd can only be held together by someone who is extremely willing to compromise. I did not see this competence in Péter,” he said.

Péter Jakab also expressed displeasure with Márki-Zay’s comments on the alleged sexual orientation of the Prime Minister’s son, Gáspár Orbán, as he feels that one’s private life is sacred and inviolable.

“I don’t care what his sexual affiliation is. I don’t care that he’s a public figure either. It’s his private affair, and I don’t want to make it a part of public life,” he said. “We have to be better than Fidesz.”

The Jobbik President also said that he did not ask for a vote of confidence in his party after losing the primary elections, and that he would run for party chair again next summer.