The Democratic Party (DS) has withdrawn from elections and thrown its support behind PM Dzurinda’s SDKÚ, advising voters to cast their ballots in weekend elections for the larger party.
However, former DS leader Ján Langoš has said current DS boss Ľudovít Kaník was promised Sk6 million ($136,000) and a ministry post in return for the withdrawal.
Langoš said Kaník “grossly broke party statutes” and “defrauded” voters by accepting the money and withdrawing. The DS, at less than two per cent support, has almost no chance of taking the over five per cent of votes it needs to enter parliament after September 20-21 elections.
Kaník has admitted the contract he signed with the SDKÚ promises the DS 20 per cent of the state budget money the SDKÚ will receive for its election result, but says no ministry posts have been promised, and rejected the Sk6 million figure as too high.
Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
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