THE SLOVAK Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) is losing two prominent members today and is likely to end up without its own parliamentary caucus in result.

Former two-time prime minister Mikuláš Dzurinda and former finance minister Ivan Mikloš, who is one of the faces of the successful post-1998 economic reforms in Slovakia, are leaving the party they founded.

“To allow for a free exchange of opinions and to avoid being dragged into this struggle by the party leadership, its critics, or even the media, we have decided to terminate our membership in the SDKÚ as of today,” Dzurinda and Mikloš wrote in a joint statement, as quoted by the Sme daily.

The two men, now serving as MPs, were removed from the party leadership after the 2012 parliamentary election that ended disappointingly for the SDKÚ, with the party receiving just over five percent of the vote. Dzurinda and Mikloš claim the new leadership had the ambition to restart the party and restore the trust it enjoyed in its first decade of existence.

“Today, after two years and several elections, it seems this ambition remains unfulfilled,” Dzurinda and Mikloš wrote.

The SDKÚ has lost several MPs since the beginning of the current parliamentary term in 2012. Now, with Dzurinda and Mikloš gone, the party will be left with only six seats in parliament, which is not enough to maintain a proper parliamentary caucus.

“For the SDKÚ it is another blow from the viewpoint of its position,” political analyst Grigorij Mesežnikov told the SITA newswire, adding that with the departure of Dzurinda, who has been seen as one of the faces of the party, and Mikloš, the author of the economic reforms that the voters identify the party with, the SDKÚ could face a further drop in voter support.

Source: Sme, SITA

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