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Mečiar reserved towards new president

THE ATTITUDE of the opposition party Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) towards incoming President Ivan Gašparovič will be reserved, said party officials.

HZDS boss Vladimír Mečiar said Gašparovič had been on the periphery of national politics for a long time, which might present a problem to performing the duties of his post, the news wire SITA wrote.

Mečiar said he had no expectations of the new president.

"I would rely on his negative qualities rather than his positive ones; the negative ones would help," said the HZDS boss.

Gašparovič beat Mečiar, a former ally, in the second round of Slovakia’s presidential elections on April 17.

"We have no topics in common to talk about," Mečiar said in April, characterising his relation to the president-elect.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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