PRESIDNETIAL candidate Martin Bútora denied the existence of an agreement under which he would replace the current Foreign Minister Eduard Kukan provided that the latter was elected president, the Slovak daily Pravda wrote.
Kukan is a member of PM Mikuláš Dzurinda’s Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ). Bútora, on the other hand, runs as a non-affiliated candidate supported by Ivan Šimko’s Free Forum party.
Speculations were spread at the end of last week that Bútora could become Kukan’s replacement and the Free Forum would thus indirectly receive the ministerial post. The move could effectively secure stability for the current ruling coalition.
Šimko and other Free Forum members also denied the information.
Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
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15. Mar 2004 at 9:29