Mikuláš Dzurinda will remain the leader of the largest party in the governing coalition, the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), for another four-year term, the party’s congress decided in a secret vote in Bratislava on Saturday, November 6, the TASR newswire reported.
Dzurinda, who has been heading the party for ten years, faced no rival in the vote even though one delegate at the congress proposed current Prime Minister Iveta Radičová to run for the top post in SDKÚ. Despite being officially obliged to accept such a proposal in order to not violate the provisions of the party statute, she de facto refused to run against Dzurinda. Dzurinda, the Slovak prime minister between 1998 and 2006 and currently Foreign Affairs Minister in Radičová's cabinet, won the support of a majority of the 581 congress delegates in a secret ballot.
The party’s congress also decided on SDKÚ’s deputy leaders, the number of which was reduced from five to four. Three posts did not change, with Prime Minister Iveta Radičová, Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš and Parliamentary Vice-Chairman Milan Hort continuing. The only new face is Justice Minister Lucia Žitňanská. MEP Eduard Kukan and MP Pavol Kubovič will no longer serve as vice-chairs of the party. Former labour minister and current MP Ľudovít Kaník, who was expected to run for one of the deputy posts, chose not to do so.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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8. Nov 2010 at 14:00