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Ordinary People (Slovakia)

Ordinary People and
Independent Personalities
Obyčajní Ľudia a nezávislé osobnosti
Leader Igor Matovič
Founded 28 October 2011
Split from Freedom and Solidarity
Headquarters Bratislava
Ideology Conservatism[1][2]
Political position Centre-right[3]
International affiliation none
European affiliation none
European Parliament group European Conservatives and Reformists
Colours Light green
National Council
16 / 150
European Parliament
1 / 13
Politics of Slovakia
Political parties

Ordinary People (Slovak: Obyčajní Ľudia), full name Ordinary People and Independent Personalities[4] (Slovak: Obyčajní Ľudia a nezávislé osobnosti, OĽaNO), is a conservative[5] political party in Slovakia. It ran four candidates on the list of the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party in the 2010 parliamentary election to the National Council, and all four were elected. The party is led by Igor Matovič, one of the four MPs.

The four Ordinary People MPs were Igor Matovič, Erika Jurinová, Martin Fecko, Jozef Viskupič.[6] OĽaNO sat in the National Council with the SaS and signed an agreement with the SaS that its members could not cross the floor to another group. In June and July 2010,[6] it was rumoured that OĽaNO would refuse to back the programme of the new centre-right coalition,[7] which included Freedom and Solidarity, and whose majority depended on Ordinary People.[8]

In August 2010, Matovič said that it was not the right time to become an independent party.[8] However, on 28 October 2011, Ordinary People filed a formal party registration, while Matovič announced that the party would compete in 2012 parliamentary election as a separate electoral list, of independents and representatives of the Civic Conservative Party and the Conservative Democrats.[1] During the 2012 election the party came in third place overall, winning 8.55% of the vote and 16 seats.[9]

In the 2014 European elections, OĽaNO came in fourth place nationally, receiving 7.46% of the vote and electing 1 MEP.[10]


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ Parties and Elections in Europe: The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck
  3. ^ Freedom House (24 December 2013). Nations in Transit 2013: Democratization from Central Europe to Eurasia. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 517.  
  4. ^ "Ordinary People and Independent Personalities party releases its election slate", The Slovak Spectator, 15 December 2011, retrieved 31 January 2012 
  5. ^ Tom Lansford (15 April 2013). Political Handbook of the World 2013. SAGE Publications. p. 1292.  
  6. ^ a b Vilikovská, Zuzana (15 June 2010). "SaS chairman speaks about its new MPs from the Ordinary People civic association".  
  7. ^ Vilikovská, Zuzana (5 August 2010). Ordinary Man' MP Matovič accuses Fico of lying"'".  
  8. ^ a b Vilikovská, Zuzana (3 August 2010). "SaS: Ordinary People faction will give up their parliamentary seats if they leave SaS caucus".  
  9. ^ Slovakia turns left, The Economist (11 March 2012)
  10. ^
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