Idea (political party)

Leader Miroslav Leňo
Founded 2001
European affiliation None
International affiliation None
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of

IDEA, formerly known as Alliance of the New Citizen (Slovak: Aliancia Nového Občana, ANO), Free Word Party of Nora Mojsejová (Slovak: Strana Slobodné Slovo – Nory Mojsejovej, SSS-NM) and CITIZENS (Slovak: OBČANIA) is a political party in Slovakia. The party was founded in 2001 and it was part of the governing coalition in Slovakia from October 2002 to September 2005. It changed its name from ANO to SSS in November 2011, when Eleonóra Mojsejová a Slovak businesswoman and TV personality took over the party. The party changed its name to OBČANIA in 2013 and in 2014 to IDEA. The president is Miroslav Leňo.


The party was founded in 2001 as the Alliance of the New Citizen (ANO, which means YES in Slovak). It was the first modern political party in Slovakia to consider itself to be a liberal political party. Its leader Pavol Rusko was also the founder and former owner of Markíza (the biggest commercial TV channel in Slovakia). Rusko at first thought to join the Party of Civic Understanding (SOP) which was part of the previous government, yet after some bad blood, around January 2001 Rusko decided to create a new political party.[1]

In August 2002, Pavol Rusko claimed that the party is financed completely from his own money, and the money of his close friend, businessman Ján Kováčik who borrowed the party an undisclosed sum of money.[2] Rusko estimated the cost of the political party to 25 million Slovak korunas so far, with an additional 15 million expected for the campaign before the Slovak parliamentary election, 2002.[3] In the election, the party finished sixth, gaining 230,309 votes (8.01% total) and capturing 15 out of 150 seats in the National Council of the Slovak Republic.

ANO was a member of the government coalition together with SDKÚ, SMK-MKP and KDH from October 2002 to September 2005, when it was expelled from the coalition after disputes with both SDKÚ and KDH. The party remained in opposition until the next parliamentary election but a group of MPs around Ľubomír Lintner continued to support the government.

The following ANO nominees were part of the Second Mikuláš Dzurinda government:

In March 2003 an internal conflict started within the party between its leader Pavol Rusko and Economy Minister Robert Nemcsics and Deputy Transport Minister Branislav Opaterný. The party's regional organizations unanimously supported Rusko and the party's regional board meetings unambiguously called on both Nemcsics and Opaterný to abdicate from their positions and give up their deputy mandates.[4]

On 6 March 2006, Jirko Malchárek, František Tóth and Alexandra Novotná created a new political party Hope.

In the parliamentary election of June 17, 2006, the party won only 1.42% of the popular vote and lost parliamentary representation. It did not take part in other elections and slowly fell into obscurity.

In 2011 the party was bought by a known Slovak businesswoman Nora Mojsejová who did not have to collect thousands of signatures needed by law to register a new political party. If a party, that is already registered changes its name, no signatures are necessary. Mojsejová changed its name to Free Word Party of Nora Mojsejová and entered the 2012 Slovak parliamentary election where she received 1.22% of votes, not winning any seats in the National Council but finishing ahead of long-time Slovak Prime Minister Vladimír Mečiar's People's Party – Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS). In 2013 party changed its name to CITIZENS. In 2014 party changed again its name to IDEA and new president became Miroslav Leňo.

Party leadership


This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 2/22/2015. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.