MP Radoslav Procházka (independent) will give up his mandate after the May parliamentary session, he announced at a press conference on March 27. He said he was ready to found a political party and has a network of people who will join in the project.

“They tried to talk me out of this, but in vain,” Procházka said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “I prefer principle before comfort. I want to court the trust for entering the service via election, in a green field. This is a big personal and political risk, but if we want to make things new, we have to do all of them and form the very beginning.”

He explained the May date by the fact that he wants to be in parliament when election codes are approved. Asked why he didn’t give up his mandate a year ago, when he left the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) on whose slate he was elected, he answered that it would have been irresponsible, as someone with much lower position on the skate and fewer votes would have taken his place. Now, he added, he has a good reason to give up: he is founding his own party.

Procházka said he has been negotiating recently with mayors, and two MPs (Miroslav Beblavý, independent; and Andrej Hrnčiar (Most-Híd) concerning possible co-operation. The MP who ran for president in the first round of election and ended up third, closely behind Andrej Kiska, concluded that the values, agenda, goals and structures, as well as financing, of the new party will be announced later.

(Source: TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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