Political analyst opines on SDKÚ and SaS coalition talks

The offer made by Mikuláš Dzurinda, the chair of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) to form a pre-election coalition with the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party has put Dzurinda under external pressure, political scientist Rastislav Tóth told the TASR newswire on January 7.

The offer made by Mikuláš Dzurinda, the chair of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) to form a pre-election coalition with the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party has put Dzurinda under external pressure, political scientist Rastislav Tóth told the TASR newswire on January 7.

He said that Dzurinda and vice chair Ivan Mikloš can withstand the pressure unless SaS manages to find a “Trojan horse” within Dzurinda's party to join its effort.

Tóth thinks that SaS's condition that it will enter a coalition with SDKÚ only if Dzurinda is not on top of the candidate list is legitimate. He added that Richard Sulík's SaS party is playing an all or nothing game, as there is no chance of reaching a compromise on the issue.

Tóth said this might also represent an attempt to find a clique within SDKÚ that would realise that Dzurinda is not desirable for any party, as one government was broken under his leadership. SaS's demand also surprised Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) chairman Ján Figeľ. He added, however, that the issue of bilateral co-operation between SDKU and SaS is the business of nobody but the two parties involved. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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