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Free Forum ties knot with small parties

THE FREE Forum (SF) party has signed a cooperation deal for the upcoming general elections with three minor, non-parliamentary political players - the Democratic Union (DÚ), the Green Party of Slovakia (SZS), and the Democratic Party of Slovakia (DSS).

The SF will include representatives from these parties on its candidates list for the elections. The parties should also cooperate after the June 17 ballot, the SME daily wrote.

According to the most recent poll, the SF would score around 8 percent support if elections were held today, good for 13 seats in parliament. Leader Zuzana Martináková says she thinks the party could gain as many as 20 seats.

The SF's new allies should also have a say in deciding the shape of the country's next ruling coalition, provided the SF is in contention for a government role.

The SF candidate list will thus also include opponents of the merger between the Democratic Party (DS) of former Labour Minister Ľudovít Kaník and PM Mikuláš Dzurinda's Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ).

The opponents of the move left the party and established the DSS.

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