THE FOUNDING council of Sieť, the newest right-leaning opposition party, officially elected party founder Radoslav Procházka as its first leader on September 1.
With what he calls a vision for a simple and functional state, Procházka had no competitor for the position within the party.
“It would be silly to propose someone else,” said the newly elected first deputy chairman of Sieť, Andrej Hrnčiar, as quoted by the Sme daily. “He created and founded Sieť and we are here to help him.”
In addition to Hrnčiar, who also serves as mayor of the town of Martin, the council elected former Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) MP Miroslav Beblavý, Prievidza mayor Katarína Macháčková, vice-dean of the Faculty of International Relations of the University of Economics in Bratislava Katarína Csefalvayová and former head of Eastern-Slovak Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Košice Eduard Adamčík, Sme reported.
Sieť also attracted Ingrid Šikulajová, the former co-worker of Miroslav Mikulčík, the former general director of Slovakia’s Tax Directorate who resigned due to a dubious office rental deal in Košice. While the media labelled her the right hand of Mikulčík, Šikulajová, who represents Sieť during discussions among opposition parties in Bratislava, has denied such a connection, according to Sme.
Another experienced party member is Marek Čepko, who now serves as Sieť’s finance manager. In the first government of Robert Fico he worked with EU funds at the Environment Ministry.
To run its activities, Sieť took out a loan of €800,000 from the Czech bank Fio, and Procházka is the only loan guarantor authorised by Čepko to deal with the bank in the matter, the SITA newswire reported.
8. Sep 2014 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff