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Hrušovský re-elected chairman of Christian Democrats

PAVOL Hrušovský was re-elected chairman of the Christian Democrats (KDH) on October 22 at the national congress of the party in Ružomberok.

Hrušovský, the only candidate for the post, gained the support of 320 of the 338 delegates in the vote. Only two delegates voted against Hrušovský, who has led the party since October 21, 2000, when he took over from one of the founders of the party, Ján Čarnogurský.

The congress also voted the line-up of the party deputy leaders. The vote resulted in Vladimír Palko, Daniel Lipšic, Július Brocka and Rudolf Bauer being re-elected to the posts, while Martin Fronc was elected as a new deputy leader of the party, taking the vacant spot after Pavol Minárik (head of the KDH parliamentary caucus) decided not to run for the post.

The congress also approved a change to the party statutes, according to which the party board may suspend someone's party membership if the person is accused of a deliberate crime, which is the case with the controversial Bratislava-Rača Mayor, Pavol Bielik, who is accused of taking a Sk5 million bribe (€128,000).

Compiled by Marta Ďurianová from press reports
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