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Šimko in the coalition

IVAN Šimko and his group of runaway Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) MPs will become a part of the ruling coalition, the ruling parties agreed on December 10 at a coalition council meeting.

Despite Šimko’s invitation to become the fifth coalition member, the coalition agreement that defines division of power among the ruling groups will not yet be opened.

According to the Slovak daily Pravda, an unnamed ruling politician said that Šimko suggested he would demand a ministerial post for a person outside parliament and close to his political formation. This is in contrast to earlier declarations by Šimko, when he said that he and his peers were not interested in taking executive power.

The daily also suggested that two of Šimko's six ex-SDKÚ colleagues were now considering going back to PM Mikuláš Dzurinda's party. One member of the breakaway group, Ľubica Navrátilová, said that some MPs had held individual talks with some members of Šimko's platform.

This situation is also believed to be the reason Šimko did not ask for approval to form his own parliamentary caucus as was expected yesterday.

Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
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