Jobbik elects new president and praesidium

Tamas Sneider has been elected president at the strongest opposition party, Jobbik’s congress on Saturday, Jobbik-near reported.

The renewal was necessary because after the results of the April 8 elections Jobbik chairman Gabor Vona resigned, told that he has no plans to run for the office again and even gave back his parliamentary mandate.

Tamas Sneider represented Gabor Vona’s direction in the party, and at the congress his challenger was Asotthalom’s mayor, Laszlo Toroczkai, who’s known in the international press too. He was the first to urge that Hungary should build a fence on its southern border before the peak of the migration crisis. Between 2014 and 2018 Sneider was the vice-speaker of the parliament and he will hold this position after 2018 too.

At the congress 554 valid and 2 invalid votes were cast, Toroczkai got 256 and Sneider 298.

Jobbik spokesman Adam Mirkoczki told journalists that before the vote both candidates made 12-minute speeches, and before them, outgoing chairman Gabor Vona assessed the last two years of his presidency. Mirkoczki said that two “very strong” candidates had competed for the post, “never before in Jobbik’s history has the leadership vote been this tight”.

Jobbik’s responsible for foreign affairs, Marton Gyongyosi was elected deputy chairman. Gyongyosi was the vice-chairman of the parliament’s foreign affairs committee between 2014 and 2018 and he’s heading Jobbik’s group in the new parliament. The strongest opposition party’s congress has elected six vice-presidents.

In a Facebook post, Laszlo Toroczkai complained that voting at the congress had not taken place on a level playing field, but he congratulated Tamas Sneider. Toroczkai added that he won’t take any posts in Jobbik and will concentrate on Asotthalom, as mayor. He will decide about his party membership later.

Source: Hungary Journal
Photo: Balazs Beli/Alfahir

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