Szilárd Szomogy will no longer be on the slate of the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party for the March election after distancing himself from the party's values, the TASR newswire reported based on a press briefing he held on February 15.
Somogyi told Aktuality.sk on February 14 that a cap should be put on private wealth and that everyone should only own enough to meet their personal needs. At the February 15 press briefing, Somogyi said he stands by the statement he made a day earlier while stating, "I admit, however, that parts of the statement were formulated in an awkward manner". Somogyi added that he had sent a letter to SaS chairman Richard Sulík on February 15 announcing that he was withdrawing from the SaS candidate list.
"I've made the decision [to withdraw] without being influenced by the party. I've shifted from their values and so believe that the best solution is to leave and not be a burden to my colleagues," Somogyi said at the briefing. Rather than asking voters to support SaS, Somogyi encouraged them not to vote at all.
"It would be cheap to urge people to vote for SaS. That's why, from the heart, I call on people not to vote at all," Somogyi stated, as quoted by TASR.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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