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




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. "