JÁN Slota is no longer a member of the Slovak National Party (SNS), after having been stripped of his membership on April 24 due to alleged misuse of party property. The proposal was supported by a two-thirds majority of SNS’ presidium, the TASR newswire reported.
“Someone who dismisses must also have a reason to dismiss,” Slota told TASR, adding that “there is no such reason”.
SNS chairman Andrej Danko said on April 22 that Slota promised financial aid to the party in exchange for having his powers as an honorary chairman strengthened. In response, Danko said that he did not want to be “backed up against the wall like this”.
“The financial situation of the SNS has been stabilised thanks to its member base, even without money from Ján Slota,” Danko said, as quoted by TASR, adding that the party expected help from Slota when paying off debts incurred during his tenure as chairman.
SNS initiated disciplinary proceedings against Slota over the suspicion of misuse of party property and thus “endangering its existence”. On January 10 the party presidium acknowledged information concerning “the grave economic situation of the SNS and its pending debt [owed to] Privat Banka”.
On March 28, Danko conceded that the party is still repaying the debt for its March 2012 election campaign. It received up to €1.5 million before the election, TASR wrote.
29. Apr 2013 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff