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Dzurinda wants Šimko to stay

AFTER a lengthy and demanding meeting of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) board that discussed former Defence Minister Ivan Šimko's recent activities, Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda said he wants his opponent to remain within the party, daily SME wrote.

"Everyone has a right to their opinion," Dzurinda, who sacked Šimko after he refused to vote in line with party directives, claimed.

Šimko lashed out at leaders of his party and claimed that "unhealthy conditions" rule the SDKÚ.

Šimko has summoned SDKÚ deputies to a Bratislava restaurant to discuss further steps.

Deputy speaker of parliament Zuzana Martináková is the only SDKÚ board member who has promised to attend Šimko's meeting.

The former SDKÚ deputy chairman claims he will try to unite party members who have a sense for "value-based politics".

Šimko was removed from the top party post on September 10 at Prime Minister Mikulás Dzurinda's request. The PM lost confidence in Šimko after he abstained from a Cabinet vote on the recall of Ján Mojžiš from his position as head of the National Security Office (NBÚ).

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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