Thierry Baudet is withdrawing as party leader of the Forum for Democracy.
In a video on Twitter, he made his position available on Monday, after party members continued to press for the departure of his confidant and candidate MP Freek Jansen.
Baudet will remain in the House and will remain as party chairman, a spokesperson said.
"If there is a culture of
trial by media
, or if things would actually have happened that were unacceptable, I want to take political responsibility," says Baudet, who then makes his position available.
"I am renouncing my place on the electoral list. I will make my position available. Of course I will remain in the Chamber. I will remain involved with FVD, I will continue to support the party. to continue to support the party. "
At first it was not clear whether Baudet would withdraw immediately.
A spokesman for Forum for Democracy has now confirmed this against NU.nl.
Thierry Baudet: 'I am canceling my place on the electoral list'
Party leaders turned against Jansen
FVD and in particular the youth branch JFVD were discredited this weekend by anti-Semitic statements by the youth association.
The situation escalated when a large group of prominent senators and party members turned against Jansen.
Jansen is a fraction worker, is considered to be Baudet's right-hand man and is in 7th place on the candidate list.
As chairman of the youth association, Jansen has protected members with extreme right-wing ideas, while whistleblowers who raised the abuses in the youth association were expelled.
One of the members who posted extreme right-wing texts in WhatsApp groups stated, among other things, that "Jews have international pedo networks and are helping women en masse into pornography".
He also praised the "economic formula" of "National Socialism".
Structural anti-Semitic and fascist statements at youth club
Earlier this year, research by
HP / De Tijd
that the youth club of FVD is making structural anti-Semitic and fascist statements.
revealed that little seems to have changed in the JFVD, as evidenced by screenshots of recent app conversations.
In it, Nazi sympathies were expressed, among other things, and the music that the extreme right-wing Australian terrorist played on the way to the attacks on two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch was distributed.
For FVD it is not the first time that the party has been discredited.
Party leader Baudet, among others, recently told untruths about Moroccans who allegedly harassed his friends, while it was about an NS ticket check.
At the beginning of this year, he provoked the wrath of the House by proclaiming the extreme right-wing racist "population theory" in the House of Representatives.
Even before his arrival in the House, he said he feared the "homeopathic dilution" of the Dutch population and expressed the wish that Europe should remain dominant white.
He also dined with far-right Jared Taylor and Fausto Lanser, the founder of the far-right racist Erkenbrand.
This movement was described by the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security in 2018 as a "threat to the democratic legal order".
Hiddema gave Baudet an ultimatum
In an attempt to nip the latest riot in the bud, the JFVD board announced a new investigation, but Senator Annabel Nanninga (herself not undisputed for anti-Semitic tweets from the past), among others, was not satisfied.
On Monday evening, reports from
that the top of the candidate list, including number two Theo Hiddema, has issued an ultimatum to Baudet: JFVD must be dissolved and Jansen must leave.
It is not clear whether Jansen is still on the list.