The HZDS opposition party leader Vladimír Mečiar said he would request early elections in 2004. The move comes after 11 HZDS party members announced their decision to form an independent parliamentary caucus in protest at Mečiar's autocratic style of leadership.
At a February 15 meeting of the senior party body, the HZDS Republican Council (RR), in the northern town of Žilina, party officials voted to expel the rebel group, led by HZDS deputy chairman Vojtech Tkáč.
Despite the official expulsion, the rebel MPs say they still consider themselves members of the HZDS.
Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports.
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17. Feb 2003 at 10:25