Update: Stummer Quits Jobbik

  • 11 May 2022 10:36 AM
Update: Stummer Quits Jobbik
János Stummer, a former deputy leader of opposition Jobbik, has quit the party following the election of Péter Jakab as its leader at the weekend.

Stummer said on Facebook on Tuesday that Jobbik MPs had “rejected a clear political alternative and patriotic policy” promoted in his leadership bid. It became clear, he added, that “the political community I have been a member and builder of for the past thirteen years does not wish to follow a path of benefitting my homeland”, adding that he did not to share Jakab’s policies or trust in his leadership.

Jakab, since his first election as the party’s leader in 2020, has continued pursuing the strategy of his predecessor of pivoting his party from the hard right to the centre right. Stummer said public affairs would “continue to be part of my life” but he was not planning to set up a new party or movement.

Hungarian Oppostion Party 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. 

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