Leader of far-right Hungarian party rejects anti-Semitism charge

By REUTERS
April 13, 2015 18:39

 
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BUDAPEST= - Hungary's Jobbik party on Monday denied it was racist or anti-Semitic, after softening its far-right rhetoric and seizing a parliamentary seat from the ruling party in a weekend by-election amid a surge in support.

Jobbik has gained support as voters drift away from mainstream parties like Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz, which is battling a public view that some of its leaders have used their posts to enrich themselves.

Jewish groups say they are skeptical that Jobbik has changed. World Jewish Congress Chairman Ronald S. Lauder said on Sunday the party's rise was hurting Hungary's image.

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