Jobbik’s first measure would be an “anti-immigration action” plan

April 4, 2018

Jobbik's first measure would be the "anti-immigration action" plan
Photo: MTI/Lajos Soós

Jobbik’s first measure in government would be the implementation of the “anti-immigration action plan,” Jobbik chairman and prime ministerial candidate Gábor Vona stated on Tuesday at a press conference held in his home town of Gyöngyös.

The so-called “anti-immigration action plan” consists of:

  1. Protecting the border fence on Hungary’s southern border.
  2. Establishing an autonomous border guard.
  3. Modifying the Fundamental Law (Hungary’s constitution) so that it rejects immigration.
  4. Rejecting all quotas on immigration.
  5. Revision of the government’s settlement bond program.
  6. Halting anti-immigration propaganda by shutting down the Antal Rogán-led Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office, known as the “propaganda ministry,” and allocating its budget to finance public education.

During the press conference, Vona said the election on April 8 would not be just about the next four years but would determine the fate of Hungary for at least two generations.  According to the Jobbik chairman, contrary to the government propaganda slogan, the question is not whether Hungary would become an immigrant country but whether it would become an emigrant one.

Vona stressed that the outcome of the election depends on the turnout. For this reason, he called on the electorate to head to the ballot boxes and bring an additional five people with them, echoing Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s  2002 campaign slogan “Bring another person with you!”. Vona argued that those who stay at home on election day are practically voting for Orbán.

Vona said Jobbik’s second measure in government would be the strict punishment of corruption. The Jobbik prime ministerial candidate vowed to abolish parliamentary immunity and double the punishment of politicians who commit a crime. The radical right-wing party would also abolish the statute of limitations for parliamentarians and government officials, so that those politicians who damaged Hungary would not be able to avoid punishment.

In an interesting turn from a once EU-flag-burning party, Jobbik would also request Hungary’s acceptance to the European Public Prosecutor’s Office. Following Romania’s example, Jobbik would establish an anti-corruption prosecutor service, an initiative supported by the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP), Politics Can Be Different (LMP) and Democratic Coalition (DK).