A couple of hours before a crucial meeting of the ruling coalition on August 19, representatives from three of the four parties sharing power - the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), the Christian Democrats (KDH), and Hungarian Coalition (SMK) - met with Vojtech Tkáč, People's Union (ĽÚ) leader and former member of the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS). The fourth coalition member, the New Citizen's Alliance (ANO) did not attend the meeting.
Before his meeting with Tkáč, Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda had warned ANO boss Pavol Rusko that he would not feel any obligations to the party if it continued to break the coalition agreement by voting with the opposition, according to the daily SME.
Rusko suggested that his coalition partners wanted to threaten him by suggesting that they had already found a "willing partner".
After the ruling coalition council meeting, the news agency SITA reported that the partners had agreed to fully respect the coalition agreement and to work on overcoming their differences.
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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20. Aug 2003 at 11:50