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National parties cannot run for EP

THE COALITION of national parties, which includes the Slovak National Party (SNS), the Real Slovak National Party (PSNS), and the extreme nationalist party Slovak National Unity, has been banned from running in the June 13 elections to the European Parliament (EP).

The central EP election committee in Slovakia banned the coalition due to continuing inconsistencies over who its parties' leaders are, 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.

The Supreme Court confirmed the election committee's decision.

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