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KSS leaders resign after election failure

THE MEMBERS of the Slovak Communist Party (KSS) presidium, led by party chairman Jozef Ševc, have resigned a week after the party's poor showing in the June 17 parliamentary election.

The party's top body, the Central Committee, will be led by Vladimír Ďaďo, who was number seven on the party canidates list, until the Committee's next meeting takes place.

In accepting the resignations of Ševc, vice-chairs Jozef Hrdlička, Ján Gregor and Karol Ondriaš and party secretary Ladislav Jača, the party admitted it was to blame for the lacluster 3.88 percent support, which is less than the 5-percent threshold needed to get into parliament.

"The Communist Party didn't fulfill the task set by the fifth national party assembly", reads the KSS presidium statement according to TASR. The Central Committee plans to discuss the objective and subjective reasons for the low support at an extraordinary meeting scheduled for July 8.

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