Opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) MP Lucia Žitňanská, who replaced Ľudovít Kaník at the helm of the party's parliamentary caucus on November 27, stepped down as SDKÚ regional chair in Bratislava as of Tuesday, December 4, the TASR newswire learned.
When justifying her resignation from the post, in a decision that took effect as of Tuesday, she said that she aims to focus on her new job of SDKÚ parliamentary caucus chair. In addition, she stressed that she is not partial to people occupying too many posts. Interestingly enough, Žitňanská - who vied for SDKÚ headship this spring only to be defeated in a run-off by Pavol Frešo - recently dismissed Frešo's offer at the SDKÚ congress to become the party's vice-chair. She justified her decision then by efforts to focus on her work as party regional chair. "I didn't know back then that things would work out for me to become caucus head. That changed the situation for me," she said.
She went on to express her commitment to secure for SDKÚ the image of a competent right-wing party in parliament that can be an equal opponent to the governing Smer party. It remains unclear for now as to who will replace Žitňanská as SDKÚ's head in Bratislava. A vote to the effect is slated to take place at a party conference on January 14.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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