ZUZANA Martináková was elected the chairwoman of the Free Forum (SF) party, surprising observers who expected the party's founder, Ivan Šimko, to win the seat.
Martináková beat Šimko by a mere one vote majority - gaining 131 votes to her competitor’s 130.
The disappointed Šimko at first refused Martináková's proposal that he run for the post of the party's first vice-chairman, but he later accepted the candidature and was elected to the post.
One day after her election, on March 28, Martináková said in an interview with the private TV Markíza that she was in favour of clear political statements and insisted that the SF would not enter a cabinet that is led by current PM Mikuláš Dzurinda.
She also stated that, should a new attempt for the recall of Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš take place in the parliament, the SF would vote in favour of the removal.
Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
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29. Mar 2004 at 10:05