SDKÚ party’s youth organisation Nová Generácia (New Generation/NG) voted to leave the party at NG’s congress in the eastern Slovak village of Viničky on October 5, the TASR newswire reported on same day.
NG switched to becoming a civil association with the name Nová Generácia - Association of the Young under the leadership of outgoing NG chief Tomáš Smutný. Around 80 percent of all delegates voted for leaving SDKÚ, according to Smutný, the SITA newswire reported.
“We’re aiming to work as a right-wing organisation focused on young people,” Smutný said, as quoted by TASR. “We’re already receiving applications from people who want to work with us if we leave SDKÚ.”
Some delegates at NG’s congress disagreed with splitting from SDKÚ, but stayed for the congress while deciding to stay with SDKÚ under the original name. At the same time, they voted in Lukáš Tisoň as new chairman and Matúš Molitoris as general secretary, according to TASR.
“Our main task lies in continuing to fulfil SDKÚ’s politics and attract young people to it so they can see an alternative to the existing political representation,” Molitoris said, as quoted by TASR. “We want to march on so we can unite the right-wing scene.”
Tisoň also said that some former NG members contacted the organisation saying they want to come back after leaving it due to conflicts with a previous chairman or because they were cast out, according to SITA.
The congress involved some controversy, as Tisoň told TASR that Smutný had prevented eight delegates from voting while claiming that they had failed to pay their membership dues.
“That’s not true, we did pay our dues,” said Tisoň, as quoted by TASR, adding that these eight delegates and five more who voted against the split from SDKÚ continue to work for SDKÚ.
(Source: TASR, SITA)
Compiled by Roman Cuprik from press reports
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6. Oct 2014 at 14:00