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HZDS newspaper ad targets party defector

A junior member of the ruling coalition, the ĽS-HZDS party, has paid for a newspaper advertisement, published in the Tuesday, March 18, issue of the tabloid Nový Čas, addressed to its former senior official Tibor Mikuš. The party opted for this public method to try and force Mikuš to give up his parliamentary mandate, the SITA newswire wrote. The advertisment included the alleged wording of a solemn oath by Mikuš, in which he pledged not to quit the party and its parliamentary caucus. In the event that this should happen, the oath pledged Mikuš in writing to return his deputy’s mandate to the party.

A junior member of the ruling coalition, the ĽS-HZDS party, has paid for a newspaper advertisement, published in the Tuesday, March 18, issue of the tabloid Nový Čas, addressed to its former senior official Tibor Mikuš. The party opted for this public method to try and force Mikuš to give up his parliamentary mandate, the SITA newswire wrote. The advertisment included the alleged wording of a solemn oath by Mikuš, in which he pledged not to quit the party and its parliamentary caucus. In the event that this should happen, the oath pledged Mikuš in writing to return his deputy’s mandate to the party.

The ĽS-HZDS Deputy Chairman Miroslav Jureňa said that all who accepted the mandate obliged themselves to return it the moment they leave the party. Mikuš responded that the advertisement’s publication reflected badly on the party and its representatives. He told SITA he did not feel obliged by his promise. He criticised the oath and the manner in which it was submitted to him, saying it was impossible for him to read it without his glasses. He added that as it had been presented unannounced, many party members did not know what they were signing. He added that he had had to sign the oath if he wanted to continue in politics. He alleged that the party was already breaking its own rules as he and his colleagues were signing their oaths. “The party changed its rules at half-time,” he stated.

After his departure from the ruling ĽS-HZDS, Mikuš did not join any other party’s caucus, instead becoming an independent deputy. He stressed he was not going to join any parliamentary or non-parliamentary party. He wants to continue serving in parliament in compliance with the constitution, and said he will continue to support the ruling coalition. He explained that the straw that broke the camel's back was the recently approved statutes of the party, with which he does not agree. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports

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