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Cabinet shape finalised

The four right-wing parties which secured a majority victory in September 20-21 elections yesterday announced that they had agreed on a division of seats and ministerial appointments in the new cabinet.

While the parties have so far not made the names of new ministers public, they have agreed on a division that would give the strongest party, the SDKÚ of PM Mikuláš Dzurinda, six seats in the 16-chair government.

The SDKÚ is to command the PM’s chair as well as the Finance, Foreign Affairs, Defense, Transport and Social Affairs ministries.

The ethnic Hungarian SMK party, the second strongest in the four-party constellation, will get the Deputy PM’s chair as well as Regional Development, Environment and Agriculture.

The Christian Democrats have picked up Interior, Justice and Education, leaving the Ano party the Culture, Health Care and Economy seats.

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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