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Bugár and three other Slovak MPs leave SMK

A member of the Slovak parliament and former chairman of the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK), Béla Bugár, told the TASR newswire on June 7 that he and three other MPs - László Nagy, Gábor Gál and Tibor Bastrnak – resigned from the political party earlier in the day.

A member of the Slovak parliament and former chairman of the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK), Béla Bugár, told the TASR newswire on June 7 that he and three other MPs - László Nagy, Gábor Gál and Tibor Bastrnak – resigned from the political party earlier in the day.

“Our two-month efforts to find a compromise and agreement with SMK leadership have definitely ended,” stated Bugár. The former SMK leader claimed that the four MPs decided to leave the SMK parliamentary caucus in April in order to point out to the current party leadership that it cannot resolve problems by suppressing internal opposition.

“Despite the efforts stated by both sides, we haven't come to an agreement. In the meantime, several ordinary members and former officials have left the party,” said Bugár. He noted that the party has also been abandoned by three members of the SMK Republican Presidium, one regional SMK chairman, 32 members of regional SMK councils, nine members of regional councils, seven district SMK chairs and 24 mayors.

Current SMK chairman Pál Csáky told TASR on the same day that he views the decision by four SMK MPs led by Bugár to leave the party as a bad move, adding that the four don't have any mandate from voters to take such action.

Csáky conceded that an extraordinary session of the SMK Republican Council which was due to deal with the split within the party on June 13 may still take place. The meeting will show who is playing with false cards, he added. Csáky also slammed the renegades for wreaking havoc within the party just prior to the European Parliament elections.

Béla Bugár confirmed to the commercial television channel Markiza that the group will set up a new party called ‘Most-Hid’, a dual-language Slovak-Hungarian name meaning ‘Bridge’. According to Bugár, the party's aim will be to promote co-operation between Slovaks and Hungarians. When asked whether recent developments mean the total collapse of SMK, Bugár said that SMK is at least losing very important and useful people.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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