THE CHAIRMAN of the ruling coalition HZDS party, Vladimír Mečiar, said on the 'Na telo' talk show on TV Markíza on October 22 that he had recently asked Slovak National Party (SNS) Chairman Ján Slota to step down as leader of his party.
According to Mečiar, such a move could make life easier for the strongest coalition party, Smer, which was suspended from the Party of European Socialists (PES) recently due to Slota's extremist views and the fact that Smer had formed a coalition that included the SNS.
"I submitted such a proposal at the last coalition council meeting because the problem is not the acceptability of the SNS party, but the acceptability of one person. So I asked this person if he wouldn't mind making a helpful gesture," Mečiar claimed.
The HZDS leader said that he had asked his coalition partners if Slota's resignation could iron out their problem with the European socialists, the TASR news wire wrote.
Slota didn't react to Mečiar's challenge, however, and at Saturday's SNS party congress, Slota was re-elected as party leader.