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Opposition parties meet

LEADERS of parliamentary opposition parties - the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), the Christian Democratic Party (KDH), and the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) - met on October 13 for the first time since the general elections in June this year. Until now, the opposition has not acted together and now plans to harmonize their positions before the new parliamentary session.

During September the opposition parties were not able to support the proposed laws of their own parties and could not agree on a candidate for the post of chairman of the administrative board of the National Memory Institute, the daily Sme wrote.

KDH Chairman Pavol Hrušovský admitted that differences of opinions still exist between the KDH and the SDKÚ. "At the moment I don't consider it as the most important thing," he added. "I consider the fact that we were able to show the will to meet and talk as the most important thing."

According to SMK Chairman Béla Bugár, a new era of opposition party cooperation has begun which is not only useful, but necessary.

"We have exchanged our opinions," said SDKÚ Chairman, Mikuláš Dzurinda.

However, the parties still failed to agree on the name of a candidate for the chairman of the administrative board of the National Memory Institute.

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