Freedom Party (Slovakia)

The Freedom Party (Strana slobody) originally Christian-Republican Party (Kresťansko-republikánska strana) was a political party in Slovakia.

Freedom Party

Strana slobody
FoundedMarch 1946
Dissolved1990
Split fromDemocratic Party
HeadquartersBratislava, Czechoslovakia
NewspaperSloboda
IdeologyChristian democracy
Republicanism
Political positionCentre to centre-right
(until 1948)

It was founded by some members of the Democratic Party in March 1946 as a party mainly for Catholics. Its aim was to present an alternative of “Christian, progressive and pro-Czechoslovak″ politics to the Democratic Party.[1] The Freedom Party was led by Vavro Šrobár and won 3 seats in the Czechoslovak parliament in the 1946 election. The party was main platform for the so-called Hlasists.

When the Communists took power in Czechoslovakia in February 1948, the party lost any practical power and became playing role of a bloc party in the National Front. Its newspaper was called "Sloboda" (Freedom).

During the communist rule, around the party were concentrated some Slovak intelectuals in opposition to the regime, like actor Marián Labuda and others, with its peak during the Prague Spring in 1968.

After the Velvet Revolution, in 1990, the party adopted a new, Christian programme, but remained without any importance in Slovak politics.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hoensch, Jörg Konrad (2000). Studia Slovaca: Studien zur Geschichte der Slowaken und der Slowakei. ISBN 9783486565218.

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