Dawn MPs vote to set up new party, side-lining Okamura

10-02-2015 updated

In what appears to be a move to side-line leader Tomio Okamura, the MPs and leadership of the populist opposition grouping Dawn have decided to set up a new political party. It will “defend national interests” and aims to work with other groups such as France’s far-right National Front. Ten of Dawn’s 12 MPs voted for the change at a meeting on Tuesday. The daily Právo reported that the move was initiated by Marek Černoch, who recently became head of its deputies group. Mr. Okamura has described the situation as a power grab and an attempt to destroy Dawn.