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Independent MPs to form party

THE RECENTLY established Caucus of Independent MPs (KNP) has already started its transformation into a political party, one of its members, Ladislav Polka, told the TASR news agency.

The KNP set up a preparatory committee March 7 and discussed the political platform of the new party. Members said are planning to start a campaign to collect the 1,000 signatures required to register a new political body.

Polka did not reveal what the name of the party would be, but said it would mainly focus on regional development and close cooperation with international institutions.

The KNP was established by a group of 11 former opposition HZDS MPs led by former HZDS deputy chairman Vojtech Tkáč in February. The rebels left the HZDS in protest against the authoritative policies of its current chairman, former prime minster Vladimír Mečiar, which they say drove the party into isolation both internationally and at home.

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