Peter Weiss, former leader of the ex-communist SDĽ ruling coalition party, said September 3 he would run again for the party leadership at a fall congress expected to be decisive for the SDĽ's election hopes in 2002. He will face off against current SDĽ leader Jozef Migaš and Agriculture Minister Pavol Koncoš.
The SDĽ, since gaining over 14% of the vote in 1998 elections, has this year slipped below the 5% level of support needed to secure representation in parliament. Political analysts have pinned the fall on a series of corruption scandals involving SDĽ members, on the party's policy of criticising its government partners, and on its perceived failure to arrest rising unemployment and falling real wages despite the party's social-democratic platform.
9. Oct 2001 at 0:00 | From press reports of TASR and SITA