Freek Jansen, candidate member of parliament and confidant of party chairman Thierry Baudet, is leaving Forum for Democracy.

A spokesperson for the party confirms this after reporting by

NOS

and

AD,

among others

.

Earlier in the evening, Baudet announced that he would withdraw as party leader.

FVD and in particular the youth branch JFVD were discredited this weekend by anti-Semitic statements in app messages from some members of the youth association.

The situation escalated when a large group of prominent senators and party members turned against Jansen.

Jansen is a fraction worker and is considered Baudet's right-hand man.

He is in seventh 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.

Earlier in the evening, Baudet announced via a video on the Forum for Democracy Twitter account that he was withdrawing as party leader.

He will, however, remain as party chairman.

"If there is a culture of

trial by media emerging

, or if things actually happened that could not be passed, I want to take political responsibility," Baudet said in the video on Twitter.

He 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. "