HZDS denies crisis and says Meèiar acted in a standard way

The Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) board concluded that the presidential elections have been positive for the party and there would be no need for personnel changes, the daily SME wrote.

According to the deputy chairman of the party, Jan Kovarčík, after HZDS leader Vladimír Mečiar was defeated in the second round of elections, he acted in a standard way even when refusing to shake hands with president-elect Ivan Gašparoviè. He said that Gasparoviè should have taken the initiative to offer his hand.

However, Mečiar is ready to sue several media outlets for what he calls biased reporting about his post-election behaviour.

According to Kovarčík, tabloid daily Nový čas will be sued for its report on Meèiar sitting by the fire with his 18-year old assistant.

In the second round of the presidential elections on April 17, Gašparovič beat his one-time ally Mečiar 60 percent to 40 percent.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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