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SDKÚ attempts to regroup in joint caucus with SaS, is denied

The Slovak Democratic and Christian Union’s (SDKÚ) MPs have reportedly attempted to create a joint parliamentary caucus with Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) only to be rejected by legislators from the latter party, the TASR newswire learnt from SaS insider sources on November 26. The caucuses of both parties lost official party status after the number of members sank below the minimum required – eight. The minimum number would have been met had a plan to set up a joint caucus worked out.

The Slovak Democratic and Christian Union’s (SDKÚ) MPs have reportedly attempted to create a joint parliamentary caucus with Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) only to be rejected by legislators from the latter party, the TASR newswire learnt from SaS insider sources on November 26.

The caucuses of both parties lost official party status after the number of members sank below the minimum required – eight. The minimum number would have been met had a plan to set up a joint caucus worked out.

SaS MPs were allegedly approached with an offer to this effect after SDKÚ MP Martin Fedor left his party caucus, thereby prompting its demise. Ľudovít Kaník, who headed the SDKÚ caucus before it ceased to exist, said that the caucus had been interested in collaborating with its SaS counterparts earlier [when introducing the idea of the Democratic Coalition set to unify the right wing].

SaS Vice Chairman Ľubomír Galko said, as quoted by TASR, that the party gives priority to the joint work of the so-called “young guns”, made up of SaS Chairman Richard Sulík, NOVA Chairman Daniel Lipšic, Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) leader Igor Matovič and independent MP Alojz Hlina.

“We’re united in our efforts to fight the corruption that’s devouring Slovakia, and we’re also on close terms on some other issues such as the economy,” said Galko.

(Source: TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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