After the former chair of the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), Vladimír Mečiar, decided to leave the post after 22 years, the party was unable to find a successor. The delegates attending the national congress of the party held on September 7 decided the party will be led by national political council composed of eight heads of the party’s regional branches, MEP Sergej Kozlík and party’s secretary Tibor Cabaj, the SITA newswire reported.
The decision came after neither the personal committee, nor the regional or district organisation, nor the delegates, came up with a candidate. The tenure of the current leadership, including Mečiar, expired at the beginning of the congress, SITA wrote.
“After such a strong figure as Vladimír Mečiar decided to leave, we agreed on a short interim period, during which the party would be led by a political council,” said Kozlík, as quoted by the TASR newswire, adding that another party congress is due to be called within a year to draft and subsequently debate new party statutes and come up with new candidates for the post of chairman.
Mečiar did not attend the congress, TASR wrote.
The delegates of the party also decided to bring new faces to the forefront. Moreover, they agreed to abolish a clause in the statutes according to which only people that have been members of the party for at least a year can become senior representatives within the organisation. In addition, the congress elected a new senior representation to deal with the upcoming regional elections in November, TASR wrote.
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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9. Sep 2013 at 14:00