Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

IN SHORTS

Mečiar seen running for top HZDS post

VLADIMÍR Mečiar, current head of the opposition Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), will almost certainly run for party leader again, according to senior HZDS members.

HZDS deputy chairman Ján Kovarčík told media on March 2 that he was convinced that Mečiar would run for the post at the upcoming June party summit, although Mečiar himself did not confirm the information.

After a group of 11 rebels led by former HZDS deputy chairman Vojtech Tkáč left the party, criticising Mečiar's authoritarian practices, some pundits speculated that Mečiar, the only HZDS chairman in the party's 10-year history, would not run for the top post again.

Several regional branches have elected new heads to fill posts left vacant by the rebels. Among the new regional leaders are Mečiar loyalists such as former HZDS MP Ján Cuper, elected head of the Bratislava HZDS branch; Tibor Mikuš, head of the Trnava region; and Džupa, voted to lead the Košice regional party branch.

Top stories

Námestie Slobody gets facelift Photo

The architectural tender will gather ideas for the redesign of the biggest square in Bratislava

Námestie Slobody will be redesigned into a kind of living room in the city.

When the state can’t keep a secret

A selective leak has tarnished President Kiska’s reputation. But he must continue to speak out about corruption.

President Andrej Kiska

Fundamental values explored at Divadelná Nitra 2017

This time round, the Slovak, European and US ensembles at the theatre festival focus on #fundamentals, i.e. basic values and the essence of all things.

Nature Theatre of Oklahoma: Pursuit of Happiness

Foreign rocket engines for North Korea: Why?

For Russia, the path to a weakened China could be through a major nuclear accident in North Korea.