The SDKÚ executive committee on March 19 decided to dissolve all 32 local unions of the party in the Bratislava Region, the TASR newswire wrote.
"The structures in the Bratislava Region aren't functioning, and they violate our rules," said Dzurinda. However, party membership continues to be valid for SDKÚ-DS members from Bratislava.
Political analyst Miroslav Kusý said on March 19 that he considered this a drastic intervention by the committee. Kusý doesn't recall any political party taking such measures.
"It's an act of desperation, an expression of a deep crisis that the SDKÚ decided to solve in a radical way," Kusý told SLOVAKIA. If the situation wasn't so serious, said Kusý, SDKÚ-DS would be content with "just" expelling the 14 signatories of "The Time For A Change Has Come" petition from the Bratislava organisation.
Kusý says that the committee has liquidated the SDKÚ’s strongest regional organisation, as it's in Bratislava where the party of Mikuláš Dzurinda has been gaining the most strength over the long term. Now it's a question as to what the leadership will do in the future and how the members of Bratislava local unions will react.
Kusý expects that this will not increase the SDKÚ's support with voters. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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20. Mar 2008 at 8:30