The rightist opposition and non-parliamentary parties probably will not join forces before the June election to form a block against the ruling Smer party, the web portal topky.sk wrote on February 10. The Christian Democrats (KDH) recently presented their own slate and the non-parliamentary Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) has decided not to cooperate with the strongest opposition party Slovak Democratic and Christian Union, SDKÚ.
It was the head of the SDKÚ Mikuláš Dzurinda who at the end of 2009 summoned a meeting of seven opposition parties aimed at forming a united alternative to the current coalition. “The Republic Council decided that the SaS will go to the election independently,” reads the press release of the party that stands somewhere around the five percent threshold required to reach the Slovak Parliament.
The SaS originally wanted Dzurinda not to be number one on the slate, and although he resigned from this position after controversy over the party’s financing, the SaS announced it would not form a coalition with his party. Political analysts think, however, that even a broader rightist coalition would not threaten the positron of Smer which now has around 40 percent of preferences. www.topky.sk
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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10. Feb 2010 at 14:00