At its first congress, on May 3, the People's Union (ĽÚ) formed by rebels from Vladimír Mečiar's Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) elected its first leader, Vojtech Tkáč, former deputy leader of the HZDS.
The party has declared itself to be a people's party, pro-Europe, and pro-reform. Its 11 MPs will remain in parliamentary opposition, although Tkáč said he respected the current government.
The congress was also attended by Robert Fico, leader of the opposition party Smer, and Ivan Gašparovič, leader of the non-parliamentary Movement for Democracy (HZD), which last year also split from the HZDS.
Compiled by Conrad Toft from press reports.
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5. May 2003 at 10:22