Contrary to earlier media reports, the platform that Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) MP Radoslav Procházka is setting up within the party will not bear the name of 'A Strong Society', the TASR newswire learned on Monday, September 3. Procházka added that the new platform will not contribute towards a further splintering of the centre-right parties in Slovakia.
"The platform is primarily aimed at two objectives: providing an outline of a centre-right programme for the times ahead but without contributing to a further fragmentation of the Slovak centre-right," said Procházka. He says that the name of the platform will be announced on September 29, while its programme will be entitled 'A Strong Society, a Simple State'.
Meanwhile, Prochazka took up a critical stance on the 'New Majority' movement that is being set up by former fellow KDH legislators Daniel Lipšic and Jana Žitňanská.
"I profess to the need for a change in generations in Slovak politics, while at the same time I feel the need for integrating centre-right politics. Both these aspects need to be met at the same time, whereas Daniel Lipšic's new party meets only one of them partially while giving up on the other completely," said Procházka as quoted by TASR. That said, he did not renounce his ties with Lipšic, whom he called "a completely natural and close partner for cooperation".
Former KDH vice-chairman Lipšic and MP Žitňanská left KDH in May in protest over the party's scandals and what they loosely referred to as the absence of a clear path forward. As Procházka was also known to be dissatisfied with the party's direction and scandals, it was thought that he would join them or follow in their footsteps at a later date. This obviously did not happen, but after the KDH congress in late June rejected Procházka's proposals to change the party's statutes, he announced his plan to set up an 'opinion platform' within KDH.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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