Nationalist party SNS may have to disband its official caucus in parliament as it will now have just 7 MPs in parliament, with a minimum of 8 required.
The problem arose after former prominent party figure Anna Belousovova officially left the caucus yesterday together with her sidekick Rudolf Pucik as they plan to set up a new party. Former party vice-chair Belousovova was kicked out of the SNS following a unanimous decision of the party’s 14-member executive committee on 2 February, claiming she has damaged the party’s good name.
Belousovova has said she will be establishing a new party and will start collecting the required support signatures at a press conference on Friday, where she will reveal more details about her new party. Both Belousovova and Pucik saw it as pointless to remain in the SNS caucus as they are being shunned anyway.
In response, head of the SNS caucus Rafael Rafaj said the SNS would continue with just 7 MPs. In customary fashion, SNS chairman Jan Slota shrugged his shoulders and wished both “the gentlemen MPs” the best of luck, before correcting himself and adding that they probably both wear trousers anyway.
The caucus could remain, though, as the directive for the establishment of caucuses is not totally specific, and so a final decision will fall to parliamentary speaker Richard Sulik. Sulik says he will look into the situation, and until he makes a decision later this week the SNS caucus will remain. He says he will consult it with his lawyers and head of the Constitutional committee Radoslav Prochazka from the Christian democrat KDH.