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Opposition to join forces in presidential elections

THE OPPOSITION intends to nominate a joint candidate for the 2009 presidential elections. The leadership of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), the Party of the Hungarian Coalition (SMK) and the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) said on June 25 that they would not repeat the mistake they made in 2004 when they failed to agree on a single presidential candidate. The leaders have not yet specified a candidate.

In 2004, the right-wing parties failed to agree on a common candidate and none or their candidates made it to the second round of the presidential elections. The SDKÚ nominated Eduard Kukan and the KDH and the SMK supported František Mikloško.

President Ivan Gašparovič, who defeated the leader of the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia, Vladimír Mečiar, in 2004, has already confirmed his interest in running for the post again.

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