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Dzurinda says SDKÚ will never ally with Smer

The crisis in Slovakia didn't start in the autumn of 2008 but in the summer of 2006 – when Smer won the general election, said opposition SDKÚ chairman Mikuláš Dzurinda on June 17, as reported by the TASR newswire. “Three years of governing by Robert Fico and his Smer party have shown that these are policies that not only have to be corrected, but that need to be changed radically,” Dzurinda said as quoted by TASR.

The crisis in Slovakia didn't start in the autumn of 2008 but in the summer of 2006 – when Smer won the general election, said opposition SDKÚ chairman Mikuláš Dzurinda on June 17, as reported by the TASR newswire.

“Three years of governing by Robert Fico and his Smer party have shown that these are policies that not only have to be corrected, but that need to be changed radically,” Dzurinda said as quoted by TASR.

“This is partly why SDKÚ after the general election in 2010 will not join a government involving the Smer political party, regardless of its personnel.”

Dzurinda accused the current government of allowing a political non-culture to flourish in Slovakia since it took office. He said this can be seen, for example, in the constant aggressive attacks on the media and pension-fund management companies, as well as in the tolerance shown towards Justice Minister Štefan Harabin and the support for his candidacy for the post of head of the Supreme Court.

The SDKÚ leader also criticised what he called the government's nationalism, pointing to regular games it has played with the so-called Hungarian card. He also mentioned clientelism and corruption as sore points.

From the economic point of view, SDKÚ vice-chairman Ivan Mikloš considers Fico's government to be incompetent and irresponsible. SDKÚ deputy Lucia Žitňanská also criticised Fico for leaving the Slovak judiciary in the hands of Štefan Harabin and Vladimír Mečiar.

“The result of this... is distrust among the public concerning the judiciary and justice,” she said, as quoted by TASR.

The Prime Minister reacted by saying that it is ridiculous for the SDKÚ to speak about any kind of government a year before the elections, adding that after all that the party [SDKÚ] has never won any general elections, TASR reported.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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