HZDS stalwart leaves party and parliament

JOZEF Kalman, a member of parliament for the opposition HZDS party, has given up both his seat in the legislature and his party membership to launch a new left-wing party.

Kalman denied the move had been pre-arranged with HZDS leader Vladimír Mečiar to give the HZDS potentially another party after elections with which to form a government.

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