Richard Sulík, the chairman of the opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party on April 11 called on Jozef Kollár, who last month challenged him in a ballot for the party leadership, and his followers to leave the party. Kollár told the SITA newswire that extermination “in plural” had been launched – unlike “the extermination in singular” when vice-chair Juraj Miškov was dismissed.
“Sulík has revealed himself to be a leader who – instead of connecting and attracting – instead divides and drives away people around him,” Kollár said, adding that he would announce his decision to finally stay or leave the party on Tuesday, April 16.
Sulík issued a press release stating that, after what he called “a thorough evaluation of the recent activities of Jozef Kollár and his supporters”, he believed they should quit SaS. Sulík recalled the words of Kollár from before the March party congress that he would continue to work for SaS regardless of who won the leadership race. Sulík also alleged that he had accepted many of Kollár’s proposals and comments, hoping that they would implement them together. He also said that he had offered Kollár the post of vice-chair, but was spurned.
Political analyst Michal Horský told SITA that he found Sulík’s call unusual by the standards of the Slovak political scene, but right, wise and prudent – adding that it was evident that Kollár and his followers were abusing their continued presence in the party to draw media attention.
Another political analyst, Ján Baránek, opined that Sulík wanted to “cleanse” the party and did not want the process of Kollár’s group leaving to become protracted. He said he saw potential in any new party formed by Kollár as an alternative for disappointed non-KDH voters, but concluded by saying that voters are fed up with the political right’s endless atomisation.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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11. Apr 2013 at 14:00