An official procedure to declare radical nationalist Jobbik leader Gabor Vona persona non grata in Romania could start as soon as on Wednesday, once President Traian Basescu approves a Romanian interior ministry proposal, Romania’s Prime Minster Victor Ponta said.
Ponta said after a cabinet meeting that the ministry had prepared the necessary documents on Tuesday.
Basescu requested the Romanian government and parliament on Tuesday to ban Jobbik officials and party members from entering Romania after a protest for Szekler autonomy in Targu Mures on the day before.
Romanian media reports highlighted the rowdy behavior of “Hungarian extremist groups” at the Day of Szekler Freedom events. According to the reports, Vona and several representatives of the far-right Sixty-Four Counties Youth Movement and “the Hungarian Guard which is banned in Hungary” were present and the latter was responsible for clashes with the gendarmerie.
In reply to Basescu, Ponta on Wednesday said that Romania cannot prevent members of a particular party who are EU citizens from entering Romania, but it can ban a particular person.
Jobbik said Basescu’s campaign to drive out Vona was an effort to deter attention away from the demonstration’s goal and from the community’s struggle for autonomy. Istvan Szavay, a Jobbik spokesman, told MTI that it was “outrageous” that the only message the Romanian political leadership had expressed about the Day of Szekler Freedom was the ban on Vona.
Vona and Szavay both participated at the demonstration on Monday.