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Béla Bugár: PM should resign

BÉLA Bugár, head of the Hungarian Coalition Party recommended in his new book that PM Mikuláš Dzurinda leavs the cabinet on May 2 after Slovakia's entry to the EU.

The book, entitled Žijem v takej krajine (I live in such a country) was released on April 10.

Bugár told the Slovak daily SME that the PM should leave his post following an "internal party discussion" in the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ). Bugár thinks that the PM's departure would help stabilise the ruling coalition.

Most recently, the SDKÚ suffered an unhappy surprise in the first round of the presidential election when its candidate, Eduard Kukan, who had led the public opinion polls, finished third and was eliminated from the competition.

Apart from the election failure, the SDKÚ has been facing internal problems since the end of last year when a group of former MPs left the party in disagreement with Dzurinda's style of politics. Currently the party is suspected of manipulating its party books and is under investigation.

Other coalition partners, such as Christian Democrat Pavol Hrušovský, also think that the PM should "think seriously" about the current situation.

Some coalition politicians suggested that Kukan could replace Dzurinda as PM.

Analyst Michal Vašečka from the Institute for Public Affairs thinks, however, that the only possible candidate for Dzurinda’s replacement is Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš who "would not go against Dzurinda".

Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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