Robert Fico was re-elected as the head of Smer party following a vote at the party's congress in Ružomberok on November 13 that we won by acclamation – meaning he will continue to lead the party since it was established nearly 11 years ago, the TASR newswire reported.
After the official results were announced, Fico said that he intends to chair the party in a manner that will prevent the party from going through internal problems.
"It (Smer) will be a stable and internationally-recognised political party that will be immersed in public issues," said Fico as quoted by the TASR newswire. He also expressed his intention to make sure that Smer will return to power soon, as "that's where Smer belongs."
Party vice-chairs were also elected. Current vice-chairmen Dušan Čaplovič, Pavol Paška, Marek Maďarič, Vladimír Manka and Robert Kaliňák were re-elected. However, Smer vice-chairman Igor Federič chose to not run for re-election and was replaced by former finance ministry state secretary Peter Kazimír.
In the election of vice-chairs, Kaliňák received 96.44 percent of the votes; Maďarič and Paška were at 95.43 percent each while Čaplovič was supported by 94.41 percent of the congress's attendees. Manka and Kazimír received 93.4 percent of the votes. A total of 197 out of 199 secret ballot votes were valid.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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15. Nov 2010 at 14:00