Vladimír Palko, the chairman of a non-parliamentary party, the Conservative Democrats of Slovakia (KDS), who initiated a split from the Christian Democrats (KDH) in 2008, will not run in the general election in 2010, KDS spokesperson Maria Majdová told the TASR newswire on Monday, February 1.
“I made this decision freely at the beginning of the year and announced it to my colleagues,” said Palko.
Palko and Béla Bugár, the chairman of another new non-parliamentary party Most-Híd, met last week to discuss the chances of other KDS members, including František Mikloško, if they ran for election on Most-Híd's slate. “If Most-Hid is a party of Slovak-Hungarian understanding, Mikloško's candidacy on its list ... is the most natural thing under the sun. No Slovak politician has done as much for peace between Slovaks and Hungarians as Mikloško has,” said Palko. When it comes to his own co-operation with Most-Hid, Palko pointed out that there are various reasons why he has decided against such a move, mostly his past political steps. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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2. Feb 2010 at 10:00