THE NEW political party Most-Híd, established by renegade MPs from the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) around former SMK chairman Béla Bugár, was officially registered by Slovakia’s Interior Ministry on July 3.
The party’s founding congress will take place in Šamorín on July 11, the SITA newswire reported.
Most-Hid’s founders say they want the party to not be based on ethnicity or nationality, as is the case they claim with SMK, but rather on cooperation between Slovaks and minority citizens living in Slovakia. Nevertheless, all the men who ‘gave birth’ to the new party are of Hungarian nationality and the new party appears to have been established primarily because of schisms within SMK that have surfaced this year.
The founders of Most-Híd collected over 30,000 signatures in 11 days. Slovak law requires 10,000 signatures by citizens to establish and legally register a political party. According to Bugár, the high number of signatures in a quick time shows that “there is a demand for a new party that will be stable and predictable and will advocate the principles of decency and responsibility”, TASR reported.
According to political pundits, the new party has the potential to attract some previous SMK voters in upcoming elections. Most-Híd plans to run candidates in the elections for the heads and deputies of Slovakia’s eight self-governing regions (VÚC), scheduled for November 14.
Five former prominent personalities from within SMK – former chairman Béla Bugár, Gábor Gál, Zsolt Simon, László Nagy and Tibor Bastrnák – announced the establishment of the new political party, formally named Most-Híd – Party of Cooperation, on June 9. ‘Most’ and ‘Híd’ mean “bridge” in the Slovak and Hungarian languages, respectively.
6. Jul 2009 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff