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Frešo: All SDKÚ members considering departure should leave now

SLOVAK Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) chair Pavol Frešo has urged all party members who are thinking about leaving to do so as soon as possible, the TASR newswire learnt on December 15.

SLOVAK Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) chair Pavol Frešo has urged all party members who are thinking about leaving to do so as soon as possible, the TASR newswire learnt on December 15.

Speaking ahead of a meeting of the party Presidium, Frešo emphasised that he wants a stable party by the end of the year. SDKÚ has recently seen another wave of departures of senior members, including former vice-chairs Martin Fedor and Viliam Novotný, former education minister Eugen Jurzyca, Jozef Mikuš, Banská Bystrica regional party chairman Stanislav Horník, and Michal Luciak, who headed the party’s regional branch in Bratislava.

“All those who are still thinking about leaving SDKÚ, do it as soon as possible, ideally by the time the party presidium meeting starts at headquarters today,” said Frešo, adding that it is vital for the sake of party’s future to put a stop to organised or spontaneous departures from the party.

The chairman went on to say that while some have resolved their dilemma as to whether to leave or stay in the party, others have gone public with their concerns, spreading a feeling of mistrust among ordinary members of the party and among voters.

Despite an appeal from Frešo, MEP Ivan Štefanec will take his time to decide whether or not to stay in SDKU, according to TASR.

Štefanec claimed that his decision will not be based on what Frešo does or does not want.

“I’ll decide freely, the same way as when I freely decided to join the party: I’ll consider my future in it,” said Štefanec, as quoted by TASR. “I’ll allow myself some time over Christmas to think it over and will talk to people whose opinions have been close to mine. No one can give me deadlines, not even the party chairman.”

Over the course of the past two years, SDKÚ has seen several prominent members leave the party, including Lucia Žitňanská (now Most-Híd), Miroslav Beblavý (now Sieť), Magdaléna Vášáryová, as well as former party leader Mikuláš Dzurinda and Ivan Mikloš. As for the most recent defectors, Fedor has announced that he will join Radoslav Procházka’s Sieť party, while Novotný is set to help to set up an emerging party of former SDKÚ member Eva Babitzová.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Roman Cuprik from press reports
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