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Tkáč leaves People's Union as independent

VOJTECH Tkáč, the leader of his own People's Union (ĽÚ) party, announced on June 14 that he was resigning from the chairman post and was also leaving the leading post of the informal group of independent MPs in the Slovak parliament.

"I wrote a letter to the news agency SITA informing them that I was resigning from the post. I also informed the Speaker of Parliament, Pavol Hrušovský, that I was leaving the parliamentary caucus," Tkáč told the private news agency SITA.

He told the news agency that the future of the ĽÚ, which he founded last year after his departure from the opposition Movement for a Democratic Slovakia, is now on the shoulders of those who supported the cabinet-proposed healthcare legislation and who approved the party's candidate list to the European Parliament. The ĽÚ failed to gain any seats in the EP.

Tkáč said, however, that he wanted to remain a regular member of the ĽÚ.

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