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Malíková to register other 'real' parties

Slovak National Party (SNS) boss Anna Malíková requested the registration of five new political parties with the attribute "real" in their names at the Ministry of Interior on October 1. Malíková wants to register the Real Slovak Democratic and Christian Union, the Real Christian Democratic Party, the Real Movement for a Democratic Slovakia, the Real Party of the Democratic Left, and Real New Citizens Alliance. The party names would be virtually identical to thos of existing parties.

Malíková said the newly registered parties would run in the 2002 parliamentary elections. She added that her move was a response to the initiative of Ján Slota, the ex-leader of the SNS whom Malíková banished from the party last month, and who then requested the registration of the Real SNS party. If the Interior Ministry accepts Slota's request, she said, then it would have to approve that of the SNS leader.

Rivalry between the present and former SNS bosses is threatening the collapse of the party, and has caused the breakup of its parliamentary caucus.

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