New political party will emerge in Slovakia

Non-affiliated MPs Miroslav Beblavý and Jozef Mihál say the new party may emerge by the end of this year; they have not specified its name yet.

Miroslav BeblavýMiroslav Beblavý (Source: TASR)

MPs Miroslav Beblavý, Jozef Mihál and another five deputies who currently do not belong to any caucus in parliament will found a new party, the Denník N daily reported on its website.

Though they have not specified the name of the party yet, the MPs say they already have several supporters. As for the reasons for founding the party, they claimed they did not want to wait until people from the Progressive Slovakia initiative become active.

The final decision to found a new party, which should be created officially by the end of this year, was made in early April.

“We agreed that Slovakia is missing a political power that represents people in the way we want to do it,” Beblavý, who made it to the parliament on the slate of Sieť party but left it after it agreed on forming the coalition with Smer, the Slovak National Party and Most-Híd, told Denník N.

Mihál, who has recently left Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), said they will not attend the regional elections scheduled for this autumn.

“We will support sensible people who run for the governors or posts in the regional parliaments,” Mihál told Denník N.

When asked in which fields they want to differ from centre-right parties like SaS, Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) and Most-Híd, Beblavý stressed they will focus on a professional and expert approach; ideology in the meaning they want to be a pro-European party; and combination of principles of being economic liberals while taking also the strong social function of the state into consideration.

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