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SDKÚ loses members to Lipšic's party, proposed agenda deepens split

The Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) concedes that some of its members may have left for the newly-established party New Majority (NOVA) of former Christian-Democratic Movement (KDH) vice-chairman Daniel Lipšic, SDKÚ's spokesperson Jana Zvončeková told the TASR newswire on Monday, November 5. SDKÚ stated that the setting up of new parties certainly does not contribute to the unification of the Right.

The Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) concedes that some of its members may have left for the newly-established party New Majority (NOVA) of former Christian-Democratic Movement (KDH) vice-chairman Daniel Lipšic, SDKÚ's spokesperson Jana Zvončeková told the TASR newswire on Monday, November 5. SDKÚ stated that the setting up of new parties certainly does not contribute to the unification of the Right.

Zvončeková added that SDKÚ was now focusing on preparing a new programme that is scheduled to be presented to the public on November 17. This new agenda should launch a new era of the party.

Several of the opposition SDKÚ MPs are disappointed by the party agenda that the leadership sent to all its members, the daily Sme writes in its Tuesday, October 6, issue. In it, SDKÚ proposes among other things a 0.1-percent tax on all cashless transaction. SDKÚ vice-chair Igor Štefanec said he did not consider it a good idea. Head of the party’s economic section, Tomáš Meravý, called his party colleague Ľudovít Kanik a “meathead” on Facebook. The party presidium immediately stripped him of all party positions, the daily wrote. Moreover, Finance Minister Peter Kažimír allegedly refuses to tax payments with credit cards or through Internet banking, as proposed by Kaník.

Lipšic earlier in the day announced, as quoted by TASR, that hundreds of former members of SDKÚ and KDH are applying for membership in his new party.

(Source: TASR, Sme)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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