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Trnava regional chairman to leave SNS party

Former MP and the Trnava regional chair of the Slovak National Party (SNS), Jozef Ďuračka, said he will resign from the party, telling the TASR newswire on February 28: "I'm walking away from SNS because staying with such a bunch simply makes no sense anymore. I called on the party Presidium to resign after the 2010 election fiasco. They told me it would be up to the party congress to decide."

Former MP and the Trnava regional chair of the Slovak National Party (SNS), Jozef Ďuračka, said he will resign from the party, telling the TASR newswire on February 28: "I'm walking away from SNS because staying with such a bunch simply makes no sense anymore. I called on the party Presidium to resign after the 2010 election fiasco. They told me it would be up to the party congress to decide."

Nevertheless Ďuračka said it was SNS chairman Ján Slota who defended his position at the congress and got re-elected even though he did not honour democratic rules.

"He ended up first, Belousovová second. They should have shaken hands and that should have been the end of it all. However, a witch-hunt on us was launched instead," said Ďuračka, adding that he was dismissed from his post as Trnava regional chair by a letter. He added that other SNS members supporting Belousovová were dismissed from their posts as well.

SNS spokesperson Jana Benková stated that Ďuračka was focused first and foremost on pursuing his own personal interests in the Trnava heating company and that his departure from the party did not come as a surprise. She added that Ďuračka had not officially announced his decision to leave but that SNS expected "the outflow of a couple of passive and incompetent people who haven't made any contribution to the party".

Benková stated that more than 300 people have joined SNS since the congress in September and that this is "a natural self-cleaning process" within the party.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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