Nationalist leaders butt heads

The leaders of Slovakia’s two nationalist opposition parties, Ján Slota and Anna Malíková, have been unable to agree on uniting their forces for September parliamentary elections, making it likely neither will capture enough votes to enter the legislature.

Slota said he had delayed a critical meeting of his Real Slovak National Party (PSNS) until after talks on July 1 with Malíková, at which he expected the two to decide a common candidates’ list for elections. But when Malíková, apparently confident her Slovak National Party (SNS) could gain the five per cent of votes each party needs for seats in parliament, offered Slota and the PSNS only unelectable spots on the list, the meeting ended in fiasco.

“It was a kick in the head and she even spat in our face,” said Slota, who was offered the 30th spot on the 150-member list. “She said if I refused it she would start by breaking a chicken’s egg over my head, and then see what next.”

Slota’s party mates were offered spots 140 through 150. For them to be elected, the joint party would have to score virtually 100 per cent in elections. The SNS has recently shown over five per cent support, the PSNS just over three.

Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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