It seems the opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party has not learned from its past mistakes. The SaS caucus automatically ceased to exist back in 2013 after the number of its members fell from 11 to six.
Today, the SaS has found itself in a similar situation after a group of nine MPs left the party’s caucus of 20 members on October 15, the TASR newswire reported.
“This step ends the process that Richard Sulík [SaS chair] initiated as soon as he called a congress meeting,” SaS renegade and former deputy chair of the caucus Jana Kiššová said, as quoted by the SITA newswire.Related articleRead more
Not only the party but also the parliamentary caucus has been split up, she added.
The SaS caucus could be dismissed if the number of its members falls below eight.
New caucus of renegades pondered
Nine renegades want to create their own caucus in the parliament, Kiššová said.
It should be led by former SaS member and ex-chair of the caucus, Natália Blahová. She was excluded from the party at the October 5 congress.
As Blahová explained, they are leaving due to Sulík’s misuse of some tools within the party, as reported by TASR.
The parliament’s rules of procedure also stipulate that MPs can group in caucuses based on their affiliation to a political party, or a political movement, for which they are elected to parliament. Otherwise, the parliament has to approve a new caucus.
The renegades did not reveal whether they will establish a new political party. Blahová said that they will do everything they can to run in the 2020 parliamentary elections, TASR wrote.Related articleRead more
A quarter of the party’s base has left
SaS has lost about 40 members in the last couple of days, claimed another renegade, Ľubomír Galko.
“By the end of this year, it should be 50 people, which is a quarter of the party’s membership base,” he added, as quoted by SITA.
The renegades and ex-SaS MPs, grouped in the Democratic Core platform, which was until lately part of the SaS, include Jana Kiššová, Natália Blahová, Ľubomír Galko, Jozef Rajtár, Renáta Kaščáková, Miroslav Ivan, Vladimír Sloboda, Radoslav Pavelka, and Jakub Nedoba.
16. Oct 2019 at 13:22 | Compiled by Spectator staff