FREEDOM and Solidarity (SaS) is continuing to lose members in the wake of Richard Sulík’s re-election as chairman in mid-March.
Most recently, former MP Jaroslav Suja and Michal Nižňan, a former employee of the party’s parliamentary office, have left the party. Both men said they were disappointed with SaS’ direction, the TASR newswire reported on April 2.
“The values of SaS have changed since the time when I co-established the party,” said Suja, as quoted by TASR, adding that SaS policies have been moving away from real-life concerns in Slovakia, and “unfortunately, even the [March 16] party congress did not reverse the wrong direction that the party has taken”.
Nižňan explained that he does not think the leader of the party, Richard Sulík, will carry out any of the changes needed. According to him, “the congress rejected the internal democratisation of the party, as well as a new policy-making concept”, TASR wrote.
Shortly after the election, two members of SaS’ national board, Xaver Gubáš and František Ksenzsigh, announced they would leave the party. Another member of the party, former candidate for the chief post at the Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) Kamil Krnáč, announced his departure from the party on March 27.
8. Apr 2013 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff