THE COALITION of national parties, which includes the Slovak National Party (SNS), the Real Slovak National Party (PSNS), and the extreme nationalist Slovak National Unity, were banned from running in the June 13 elections to the European Parliament (EP).
The central EP election committee in Slovakia decided that the coalition was to be bared due to continuing problems over who are the actual legal leaders of the parties, the Slovak daily SME wrote.
While Ján Slota insists that he is the leader of the SNS and Richard Hulín says that he is the PSNS chairman, the officially registered statutory representatives are Peter Súlovský and Ján Sitek, respectively. The list of the coalition's candidates for the EP lacks the signatures of the latter pair.
Slota said he would turn to the Supreme Court, accusing the Interior Ministry and the election committee of political manipulation.
Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
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16. Apr 2004 at 9:50