Disaffected HZDS members form new party

Several members of the opposition HZDS party who were dropped from the party’s election lineup last weekend have formed a new party, the HZD, and say they will run for September elections on their own.

Ivan Gašparovič, the second most popular figure in the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), announced on July 12 he was forming the Movement for Democracy (HZD) in response to being left out of the HZDS’ future plans. He has been joined by several HZDS members of parliament and regional party organisations who say they have been angered by the autocratic methods of HZDS leader Vladimír Mečiar.

While it appears the HZD may meet a Wednesday deadline for assembling 10,000 signatures on a petition sheet to allow the party to contest September elections, potential political rivals as well as political analysts have so far been cagey regarding the new party’s eventual chances.

Mečiar, meanwhile, has refused to answer questions about the HZD, saying on Saturday the matter didn’t interest him.

Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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