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Meciar: SDKÚ prefers HZDS to Smer

THE NEW ruling coalition post-2006 elections is likely to be a mix of the current coalition and opposition alliances, Movement for a Democratic Slovakia [HZDS] Chairman Vladimír Meciar told the news agency TASR.

"It's impossible that 2006 will bring in a new government that will cancel out everything and start over," he said.

Opposition leader Meciar blamed divergent party goals for lessening the strength of the ruling coalition.

"The SMK [Hungarian Coalition Party] is going for autonomy... The KDH [Christian Democratic Movement] uses Inquisition practices... The ANO [New Citizen’s Alliance] threatens to leave the government if the South Korean tyre maker (Hankook) is not won over. And the SDKU [Slovak Democratic and Christian Union], pressured by the public and its own coalition partners, praises all activities, even those that are necessary to criticise," Meciar said.

New ruling relationships, according to Meciar, will be based on the balance of two groupings: SDKÚ-ANO and KDH-SMK along with independent MPs, including those affiliated with the Free Forum who support KDH and HZDS defectors that, in turn, support the SDKÚ.

As for the HZDS's potential to work with current coalition parties, Meciar says that the SDKÚ, considered the strongest ruling party, describes his party abroad as “more acceptable” than Smer, which allegedly wants to scrap all government-adopted reforms.

Meciar complained that he is being singled out by the media as making deals behind closed doors. "For months there have been intensive efforts to link me to SDKÚ Chief Mikuláš Dzurinda based on imaginary secret negotiations and secret deals. In the meantime, there are effective closed-door agreements between the KDH and Smer, which are cooperating on the drafting of laws in parliament that are kept under wraps."

Compiled by Marta Durianová from press reports
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