Hope (political party)

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Hope (Slovak: NÁDEJ) is a political party in Slovakia. It was founded in 2006 after a split from the Alliance of the New Citizen by Jirko Malchárek, František Tóth and Alexandra Novotná. From its inception it was widely considered by experts to be a doomed project.[1] In the Slovak parliamentary election in 2006, the party did not gain a seat in the Slovak Parliament (it got only 0.63%; a minimum of 5% was required).

History[edit]

The party was registered with the Ministry of Interior on 6 March 2006. It was founded by former Deputy Prime Minister Jirko Malchárek, former Minister of Culture František Tóth and former Deputy Minister of Health Alexandra Novotná, who became the party leader. The founding congress took place 11 March 2006 in Bratislava.

Gorilla scandal[edit]

Main article: Gorilla scandal

In December 2011, the co-called Gorilla file compiled by the Slovak Information Service leaked to the internet. Among other things it describes the background of the creation of the political party Hope, being privately owned and run by the Slovak investment company Penta Group. The company denies all allegations and considers the Gorilla file to be fake. One of the owners admitted to consulting the political party in economic matters.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Political hope springs anew". The Slovak Spectator. 20 January 2006. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Spis SIS ukazuje na stranu, v ktorej začínal Mihál (Slovak Secret Service file points at the party where Mihál was beginning)". SME. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2012.