Hungary, Budapest – The president of the party, Gábor Vona, decided to renew the direction of the party. Jobbik is getting revamped.
Jobbik, the “national radical” party as they define themselves, is under reorganization. The party has a nefarious reputation in the western part of the continent, although it is the second political force in Hungary after Orbán’s ruling Fidesz party. Seeking for normalization, the party’s leadership had decided to become a populist party to reach supporters beyond their traditional sympathizers.
This is the reason that leaded Gábor Vona, the leader of Jobbik, to ask three vice-president of the party to do not run for reelection. István Apáti, Előd Novák and István Szávay are seen as the leaders of the radical branch of the party. This change aims to bring into the leadership new personalities, such as Jobbik mayors which have proven their value on the field. No split of the party is signaled, assures the spokesman of the party, Ádám Mirkóczki. The president recalls that the dismissed vice-presidents will still be important to the party.
The next parliamentarian elections are to be held in 2018. Jobbik, which is the favorite party among youngsters and of the working class, hopes this renewal will increase its chances against the Fidesz. Fidesz ruling party currently suffers from corruption scandals and is under the attack of an organized opposition of an again strengthening civil society.