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Fico: KDH acting like Taliban

The chairman of the non-parliamentary Smer party - Slovakia's second most popular political party according to polls - said the coalition Christian Democratic Party (KDH) was behaving like the Taliban.

Smer chairman Robert Fico made the accusation following a statement by KDH vice-chairman Vladimír Palko that the KDH would not consider forming a government with Smer following 2002 elections.

"The KDH, which is responsible for Slovakia's development, is behaving like an opposition party," said Fico. "Palko's statement was Taliban-like."

Fico considered it irresponsible to exclude certain parties from hypothetical post-election coalitions. He added that Smer would consider working with any party elected to parliament in 2002.

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