The deputy chairman of the strongest opposition party, the Slovak Christian and Democratic Union (SDKÚ), Ivan Mikloš, expressed dissatisfaction with the answer the party received from the new liberal Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) to their offer of cooperation in the upcoming parliamentary elections, the SITA newswire wrote.
“We gave a serious offer to SaS but we do not consider their reply as such,” said Mikloš at a January 7 news conference. He added that if the SaS gives them a serious answer, the SDKÚ is ready to negotiate with them. SaS Chairman Richard Sulík said that the party had unambiguously accepted the offer, but on the condition that SDKÚ leader Mikuláš Dzurinda would not be the leader of a SDKÚ-SaS coalition.
Mikloš stressed for SITA that they made the offer in order to unify centrist-right forces and said if SDKÚ does not get a different answer from SaS they will consider it as a rejection of their offer.
Dzurinda made the offer to the leader of SaS at the end of December for talks that were to result in a coalition and a shared candidate list for this year's parliamentary elections, the Sme daily reported on January 7.
SaS said they welcome such a coalition if it is not led by Dzurinda. Sulík said that Dzurinda is unacceptable for their voters, arguing that he has been too long in politics and constantly tops charts of political untrustworthiness. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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7. Jan 2010 at 14:00