The People's Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) is looking for a new election leader for the general election in 2014 and it wants to find one within two years, said HZDS chairman Vladimír Mečiar on Saturday, September 4, adding that the party is also preparing a shadow government, the TASR newswire reported.
Mečiar said the future election leader should help the party regain voters’ support and bring it back into parliament which it failed to enter in 2010 for the first time ever in five elections dating back to 1992. Mečiar said he wants to help his successor become publicly known.
“I'm interested in helping him or her,” he said, adding that his successor would not be a member of his family. He said his family has always been telling him that “politics is your affair”.
Mečiar said the reasons for the party’s failure to break the required 5 percent threshold of votes were attacks made by its coalition partner, Smer, against the other coalition members (HZDS and the Slovak National Party). He conceded, however, that his party also made mistakes. Mečiar, who has led the party for 19 years, said the lost election does not mean the end of HZDS.
With municipal elections fast approaching in autumn, Mečiar said HZDS is ready to co-operate with and create coalitions with any political party. Contrary to some suggestions from within HZDS top officials, TASR was told that Mečiar will not become the honorary chairman of HZDS.
Mečiar founded the party in 1991 as a breakaway movement within the VPN (Public Against Violence) and has been chairman ever since. Mečiar said that the post of honorary chairman “is like a storing place for a grandpa” and that such a position is not in accordance with his character.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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6. Sep 2010 at 14:00