Péter Jakab elected as Jobbik’s president
Péter Jakab was elected as Jobbik’s president in the party’s congress held in Durer Conference Centre. The parliamentary faction leader was the only candidate since Levente Lokody, who had aspired for the position, could not collect the necessary number of recommendations from the party’s local groups, 99.6 per cent of which nominated Peter Jakab as president. Mr Jakab got 87.8 per cent of the votes from the congress delegates. The congress also decided that the new presidential mandate will last until 30 June, 2022. This means that Mr Jakab and the new vice presidents will lead Jobbik in the next national elections coming up in two years.
“I’m going to be a nightmare for Viktor Orbán and a brother in arms for you.” This is how Péter Jakab began his pre-election speech, promising that he would be the loudest voice to stand for the oppressed and for the Hungarian workers against a corrupt, pro-multinational-business regime. In 2010, we got some people sit on our shoulders who want to take more than just our money; they want to take our lives, too, and that’s what we have to stand up against, Mr Jakab stated. The new president thanked Tamás Sneider for the past one and a half years.
"Honest people always have a place in my life and I don’t want to tell them what to think. I am not a priest, I am a representative." told Jakab. Jobbik’s new president believes we will have to fight for such goals in the upcoming years as “to prevent Hungarian pensioners from living in poverty after so many years of hard work and Hungarian workers from being at the mercy of their employers” or to make sure that Hungary’s healthcare and education do not remain in their current situation.
“The disintegrating hospital or the unheated schoolroom is a shame for everyone, not just Jobbik supporters.” That is the most important thing, Mr Jakab emphasized, adding that they needed all honest people for this struggle. However, Jobbik still remains a Christian Conservative party, he noted.
The congress will elect the party’s six vice presidents later. The following 14 candidates reached the 10 per cent nomination threshold to run for vice president: Balázs Ander, Péter Balassa, János Bencsik, Róbert Dudás, Attila Fazakas, Csaba Gyüre, László György Lukács, Tibor Nunkovics, Tamás Pintér, Anita Potocskáné Kőrösi, János Stummer, György Szilágyi, Andrea Varga-Damm, Dániel Z. Kárpát.
As Jobbik’s new president, Péter Jakab succeeds Tamás Sneider who led the party in its hardest period over the past one and a half years, according to Jobbik’s politicians. After the 2019 national elections, the movement had to face and endure the government’s fake news campaigns and the Fidesz-induced split within the party’s ranks as well as the HUF-billion fine imposed by the State Audit Office.
From teacher to national politician
Péter Jakab announced his candidacy for Jobbik’s president in August 2019, after Jobbik’s board resigned due to the results of the European Parliamentary elections. Originally scheduled for November, the election of officials was eventually postponed and the Miskolc-born politician withdrew his candidacy because the congress did not grant his request to extend the presidential mandate until the 2022 national elections.
Mr Jakab has been the president of Jobbik’s Miskolc group since 2009. He has worked as a local councilman since 2010 and Jobbik’s Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County president since 2012. In the 2018 national elections, the former teacher lost the tightest race against his Fidesz rival who handed out food packages in the campaign. Mr Jakab eventually did make it to the Parliament through the party’s national list. In 2019, he took over the leadership of the parliamentary faction from Márton Gyöngyösi who was elected as a Member of the European Parliament.
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