The parliamentary deputies who recently left the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) because of disagreements with the party’s working methods and current political philosophy and conflicts with SMK leader Pal Csaky have announced the founding of a new political party with the name Most – Híd.
Béla Bugár, former SMK leader and his fellow ex-SMK members László Nagy, Gábor Gál, Zsolt Simon and Tibor Bastrnák announced their decision to establish the new party with a two-part Slovak-Hungarian name Most – Híd, meaning bridge in English. They said the party would be based on cooperation and values such as openness and trust.
The party will have a programme for minorities which constitute about 14 percent of all Slovak citizens. Even though the decision to found the party came from ethnic Hungarians, they said the party is open for all citizens of Slovakia.
“The second, even more important step is the creation of party bodies,” Bugár told the press conference. “In this process we want to show that one’s nationality cannot be an obstacle; to show that we can really cooperate.”
The initiators of the new party will start on June 14 to collect 10,000 citizens’ signatures, necessary to formally establish a political party in Slovakia.
Compiled by Michaela Stanková from press reports
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