The daily SME reported that Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) boss Vladimír Mečiar and Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda made a deal that if Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) candidate Eduard Kukan and the incumbent Rudolf Schuster make it to the second round of presidential elections, the HZDS would support Kukan.
Smer deputy chairwoman Monika Beňová told the press that her party has the information that Mečiar and Dzurinda made a secret deal over their parties support for the presidential candidates. SDKÚ spokesman Martin Maťko denied the information.
However, on January 25, Speaker of Parliament Pavol Hrušovský told news channel TA3 that there are negotiations between the HZDS and SDKÚ.
Mečiar has been reluctant to tell the public whether he plans to run in the presidential elections.
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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27. Jan 2004 at 10:51