Independent MPs Juraj Droba and Eugen Jurzyca have joined the parliamentary caucus of Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), SaS leader Richard Sulík announced at a press conference on January 9 – adding that for now they are not becoming party members.
However, the SaS caucus has now been resuscitated as the two additions bring SaS back up to the minimum eight MPs required to enjoy official party status. Droba (who has been fluctuating for the past three years in terms of his party affiliation) and Jurzyca (who fell short of winning a parliamentary seat on March 10 2012 but rejoined the Slovak Christian and Democratic Union-SDKÚ caucus after its Ivan Štefanec was elected MEP in May) will be on the SaS benches during the upcoming parliamentary sitting starting January 27.
“The [political] right is being atomised ... this is our contribution to the consolidation of the right,” Sulík told the TASR newswire. Turning to Droba, he stressed that they have known each other for a long time. Sulík also said that he has known former education minister Jurzyca for 12 years. “He, together with Juraj Karpiš and Ján Oravec, represent the top three economists in Slovakia. Eugen will focus on public finances, and I’m looking forward to our cooperation.”
Sulík wants to ask Parliamentary Chairman Peter Pellegrini for a meeting in which he will submit the application for the re-establishment of SaS caucus immediately.
“I’m coming back home,” Droba commented. “It is an honour for me to return to the people with whom I was building SaS. It wasn't easy to leave this party, however, but at that time I considered it to be the right decision. Later on I realised that leaving was a mistake.”
For Jurzyca, one of the reasons for joining the SaS caucus was the fact that he did not want to stay independent in the long run. He believes that in the SaS caucus, he will have the chance to work on the economic agenda of the party and he wants to contribute to the improvement of the “coalition potential” of SaS which essentially brought down the Right coalition in 2011.
Droba is one of the founding members of SaS. He left the party, together with four other MPs and tens of disenchanted party members, in 2013. He then joined Daniel Lipsic's NOVA movement. However, there were disagreements, and after being deprived of managerial functions and after the cancellation of ideological factions he left (along with other SaS dropouts). He then wanted to rejoin SaS in August 2014, however, the Republic Council gave his re-entry the thumbs down.
The new caucus should be led by MP Martin Poliačik.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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12. Jan 2015 at 14:00