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Slovakia's right-centre parties meet to discuss plans for 2010

Right-centre parties in Slovakia are not satisfied with developments in the country and will start working on an alternative to the current government next year, said Mikuláš Dzurinda, the chairman of the Slovak Christian and Democratic Union (SDKÚ) on December 15, as reported by the TASR newswire.

Right-centre parties in Slovakia are not satisfied with developments in the country and will start working on an alternative to the current government next year, said Mikuláš Dzurinda, the chairman of the Slovak Christian and Democratic Union (SDKÚ) on December 15, as reported by the TASR newswire.

Dzurinda spoke after a meeting between his party and representatives of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) and Most-Híd party as well as with the non-parliamentary Civic Conservative Party (OKS), Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party and the Green Party.

Dzurinda, as the chairman of the strongest opposition party, thanked the other parties for their co-operation during the elections for the regional leaders and parliaments in November which resulted in SDKÚ candidate Pavol Frešo becoming Bratislava Region governor. Only SMK chair Pal Csáky, due to a working visit to Budapest, was missing among the party leaders.

Dzurinda said that the opposition parties share the same goal: to bring Slovakia back on the path where values are upheld and politicians do not steal but serve the people and that is why the opposition parties plan to work together to offer a viable alternative to the government led by Robert Fico of Smer. Dzurinda said the co-operation should be in three main spheres.

“We need to unify our party programmes, clearly distinguish ourselves from the government and give thought to arranging our relations in such a manner that the votes of democratically-thinking people (in the 2010 parliamentary election) are not wasted,” said Dzurinda, alluding to the fact that votes cast for parties that don't reach the 5-percent threshold will not be represented in the future parliament.

As for concerns by the Christian Democrats (KDH) and the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) that a second Slovak Democratic Coalition (SDK) might emerge from the right-wing bloc, Dzurinda said that no such scenario exists. He added that there is no time for political egoism or personal disputes and emphasised that he is willing to do his utmost to prevent the votes of smaller right-wing parties from becoming wasted.

He also admitted that he has changed his opinion about Most-Híd party, which he had in the past called “the fifth column of (governing) Smer”. “I think that we are nearly on the same wavelength. We will work together after the parliamentary elections – and not with the current coalition,” Dzurinda said, as quoted by TASR. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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