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Coalition agreement brings back the past

The Chairmen of Smer, the Movement for Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), and Slovak National Party (SNS) signed an agreement on July 2 that dictates the coalition council will consist solely of the chairmen of the parties: Robert Fico (Smer), Vladimír Mečiar (HZDS), and Ján Slota (SNS), the daily SME wrote.

Any of the coalition council members can ask for an “extended negotiation”. In case of a conflict, a “working group” will be introduced. According to the agreement, until the conflict is settled, no one should speak about it in public.

This model is very close to the agreement made during the HZDS – SNS – Slovak Workers’ Party (ZRS) coalition that ruled from 1994 to 1998. The result was the public was kept in the dark on almost all coalition negotiations.

During the Dzurinda government, coalition negotiations were announced in advance, and attended by party leaders, heads of parliamentary and ministerial factions. Coalition conflicts were almost always discussed publicly.

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