Five MPs quit parliamentary OĽaNO caucus

Veronika Remišová is one of the renegades. She is rumoured to be headed to former president Andrej Kiska's new party.

OĽaNO MP Veronika Remišová announced she would leave, alongside her four fellow MPs, the OĽaNO caucus shortly before the 2020 elections.OĽaNO MP Veronika Remišová announced she would leave, alongside her four fellow MPs, the OĽaNO caucus shortly before the 2020 elections.(Source: SITA)

The opposition Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) will lose five members of its caucus.

Veronika Remišová, Elena Červeňáková, Soňa Gaborčáková, Jozef Lukáč, and Anna Verešová made it to the parliament on the OĽaNO slate in the 2016 parliamentary election. They decided to leave shortly before the 2020 general election, with one of the reasons being the fact that the party did not want to accept them as official members, the Sme daily reported.

“Although we were not OĽaNO members, we have put all our energy into the work for the movement,” five MPs said in their statement, published by the Hospodárske Noviny daily.

They plan to stay with the movement until the end of the June session since they have joint proposals with OĽaNO, according to Hospodárske Noviny.

After they leave, OĽaNO will be left with only 10 MPs.

No ambition to set up a party

OĽaNO is known for having only four official members. Moreover, they are usually running at the very bottom of the slate. The party, according to the renegades, is not open to taking new members in and does not allow people in regions to take part in party decisions, the leaving group added.

Read also:What do we know about Kiska’s emerging party? Read more 

“The party did not allow new people to become members of the party, not even its MPs,” they wrote in the statement.

Remišová, who has been one of the prominent faces of OĽaNO in the parliament, went on to criticise the party for not reflecting on the situation after the regional elections in 2017, when the change in society, according to her, began.

“I then hoped OĽaNO would stop being a closed group of the few and function as an open group, with sound foundations in regions,” Remišová wrote on her Facebook. The party, founded in 2011, has not changed since then, she added.

For now, OĽaNO renegades do not have an ambition to establish their own party. They want to continue their effort to fight corruption without verbal attacks and with the help of people in regions.

Will Remišová join Kiska?

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Slovakia to sweat through another heatwave

The temperature should rise above 30°C this weekend.

Another heat wave is expected to hit Slovakia on July 20 and 21.

Will Bratislava become home to Velvet Revolution Square?

It is proposed that part of SNP Square, where mass rallies against the communist regime took place 30 years ago, should be named after the Velvet Revolution.

Part of SNP Square in front of the Old Market Hall (Stará Tržnica).

Suspicions of crude oil leaking into wells in eastern Slovakia

The chemical compound found in oil appeared in wells in seven villages and the town of Sobrance.

Expert taking sample of the leak.

UPDATED: Seven hooligans sent to prison

Slovak court issued an unconditional prison sentence to three Polish and four Dutch citizens.