Nobody should consider Hungary as his own property

In his Budapest press conference, Jobbik president Gábor Vona announced another action plan aiming to limit future Hungarian Prime Ministers’ office time to two terms.
In addition to his earlier commitments; neither poor nor rich migrants to be settled in Hungary, the European wage union and Lex Lúdas Matyi, an anti-corruption legislation that form the foundations for a future Jobbik government, he made a fourth one today:

After getting into government in 2018, Jobbik will limit the office time of future Hungarian PMs to 8 years. In Mr Vona’s view, this “Max8” initiative would guarantee a certain self-restraint in the Hungarian political life, which Jobbik can commit to, as the party is convinced that our 20th-century political culture must be replaced by one worthy of the 21st-century.

“From our point of view, the key aspect is to serve the people rather than ruling them as demonstrated by Fidesz and the Socialist Party,” Gábor Vona emphasized. He added that there were several international examples of the heads of the executive power not being allowed to spend more than two terms in office, and Jobbik drew inspiration from them. However, he believes the issue also requires a real and constructive political debate, which cannot take place unless Fidesz and Viktor Orbán are defeated in 2018.

Mr Vona expressed his opinion that if somebody managed the executive power for 8 years “honestly and with the proper diligence”, it was “quite enough” for the particular politician and the country, too. He also said that “Viktor Orbán considers Hungary just as a feudal lord looks upon his own property which he can manage whatever way it pleases him, even by abusing the power of his office”. The leader of the strongest opposition party believes that today’s Hungary is characterized by a “feral, Mafia-like proliferation” of corruption.

Jobbik's president expects four things from Max8

- to replace the process of counter-selection by a healthy competition where the PM’s interest is to groom potential successors instead of getting rid of them as Viktor Orbán did with the ones surrounding him in 1998.  In Mr Vona’s view, currently “the way for advancement is to demonstrate accuracy and diligence in boot-licking”.
- to shift performance expectations from “securing and maximizing politicians’ hold on power” to bringing prosperity and true governance for Hungary.
- to make self-restraint and the “live and let live” principle a part of our political culture which, in the president’s opinion, “essentially doesn’t exist” today, since democracy and difference of opinion are becoming “odd, disturbing and invidious” things for the government, which sees enemies in these concepts.
- to minimize the personal risks currently involved in the Hungarian political system and to prevent a distortion of personalities as well as to “make Hungarian political life more fresh, democratic and inspiring for the people” and to “reverse the trend of Hungarian citizens increasingly turning away from politics”.

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