KDH Continues Looking for New Leader, Hlina Considered As Well

A pensive Alojz Hlina. (Stock photo by TASR)

Bratislava, April 2 (TASR) – The Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), which failed to make it into Parliament in the March general election, continues looking for a new leader to replace Jan Figel, KDH’s press department told TASR on Saturday.

Figel resigned after the March 5 vote, in which KDH received a mere 4.94 percent, whereby it remained outside Parliament for the first time ever. Meanwhile, candidates for new party chief should be presented by May 28, when the KDH Council should debate the issue. A final decision will be made later by the party’s national congress.

Several people have already been considered to run for the post, including Mayor of Levoca (Presov region) Milan Majersky, who also seems to have Figel’s support, and MEP Anna Zaborska. Marian Faktor, a former director of the state-run health insurer Vseobecna Zdravotna Poistovna (VsZP), has also been named by some KDH members as a possible future party chairman, but he himself has stated that he wouldn’t run, and he wants to be the party’s health care expert instead.

The KDH leadership should be also built anew, with Alojz Hlina possibly becoming its member. Having his own minuscule party called Slovakia’s Citizens, he served for some time in KDH’s caucus in the last electoral term and also ran on KDH’s slate in the recent general election. Hlina has already stated that he’d even consider to run for KDH chairman, adding that he’s got support of KDH’s local structures in his native traditional region of Orava in northern Slovakia.