Slovakia has 106 political parties, 39 of which do not actually do anything, the Interior Ministry revealed.
Nine political parties are represented in parliament. That number is expected to increase to 10 in the coming days with the registration of the Real Slovak National Party (PSNS), founded by former Slovak National Party (SNS) leader Ján Slota. But over 90 more parties are officially registered.
To register, a party must have three declared politicians, 1,000 public signatures, a party constitution and a Sk10,000 deposit. There are no rules in Slovakia that would disband a party after a period of inactivity or repeated failure at the polls.
"We are a party of enthusiasts, each from a different village," said Milan Fogaš, head of the Wine-Lovers Party. "We get together and deal with the most serious political problems."
Fogaš's wife is the secretary of the party, which has no official headquarters but does have a website and an official emblem.
The Truth Party has no members other than its founder, Jozef Ďurko. Although it organised no events last year, Ďurko says his party, registered in 1991, is the country's oldest. He predicts that it will one day sweep the globe.
"We have a philosophy that will one day steer the entire world, not just this republic," he said. "We are the closest party to God because everything we say is reproduced from nature. God speaks with us through the mouth of nature."
A spokesperson at the Interior Ministry said that 39 parties did not hold any events last year, and that many of those did not pick up registered letters from the Ministry.
15. Oct 2001 at 0:00 | From press reports of TASR and SITA