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Only a few days after four MPs left the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), representatives of three opposition parties met on February 25 to debate their next steps.

Only a few days after four MPs left the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), representatives of three opposition parties met on February 25 to debate their next steps.

The KDH was not the only opposition party that experienced a tough week last week, the aktualne.sk news server wrote. Mikuláš Dzurinda’s Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) also hit some bumps when party vice-chairman Juraj Liska called on Dzurinda to step down. Dzurinda has refused.

On February 25, the opposition leaders debated cooperation, presidential candidates, the Press Code and health care.

The three parties agreed on closer cooperation, especially on issues in which their agendas are similar.

"Let’s look for topics that will unite us, and which will really benefit the country," Dzurinda said as quoted by the TASR newswire.

"The KDH is willing to co-operate; but on the other hand we want cooperation, not unity,” party chairman Pavol Hrušovský said. “This means that it's a priority to maintain the autonomy of our political parties while looking for discrete possibilities of cooperation that follow from the similar common parts of our individual agendas.”

The opposition parties still haven't agreed upon a common presidential candidate. They will take a definitive stance on the issue following the session of party bodies. So far, only SDKÚ vice-chairwoman Iveta Radičová has been named.

Compiled by Jana Liptáková from press reports

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