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Šimko quits SDKÚ, new party to rise soon

PM MIKULÁŠ Dzurinda's Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) is no longer the strongest ruling coalition party. Former Defence Minister Ivan Šimko and six deputies have left the SDKÚ deputy caucus and plan to found a new party in January, the daily SME reported.

Šimko has promised to support the government's program but has not made it clear whether he continues to be a part of the ruling coalition.

Dzurinda's coalition partners might call for the opening of the ruling coalition agreement and redistribution of posts so that Šimko's faction, the Free Forum, becomes part of the ruling coalition.

Šimko restated that the SDKÚ is in a deep crisis and that Dzurinda suffers from a lack of self-reflection and keeps acting irresponsibly.

Political analyst Michal Vašečka said that Dzurinda’s position remains firm. Adding, however, that the greatest challenge to the SDKÚ is the drop of its popularity.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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