THE LEADERS of the ruling coalition parties have begun openly discussing the possibility of inviting the opposition Christian Democrats (KDH) to become a member of the government.
Ján Slota, the head of the far-right Slovak National Party (SNS), said he did not rule out the possibility of cooperation with the KDH under certain circumstances, while Vladimír Mečiar, the head of the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), said on January 7 that he did not fear that his party would be replaced in government by the KDH, the Pravda daily wrote.
The KDH, however, said it was not in talks about joining Smer and the SNS.
On a TV talk show, Mečiar said he was convinced that the KDH could not replace his HZDS in the ruling coalition. “Nothing of that sort is realistic,” he said, adding that he did not think the SNS or Smer were prepared to embark on the “adventure” of joining with the KDH.
Mečiar argued that such a coalition government would have reduced support in parliament because, in his opinion, 6 of the KDH’s 14 MPs reject working with Smer and the SNS.
According to Slota, however, if current KDH Chairman Pavol Hrušovský is reelected at an upcoming party congress, the likelihood of cooperation is stronger. At the same time, however, he said that the current ruling coalition would not be dissolved, and that the KDH would merely form a fourth partner to give the government a constitutional majority in parliament.
8. Jan 2007 at 12:14