The opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union party (SDKÚ) on February 10 strongly criticised the decision by the non-parliamentary Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party to run on its own in the parliamentary elections in June, the TASR newswire wrote.
According to SDKÚ, the decision may cause many centre-right votes to be wasted. SaS’s approach is unfair to those who are unhappy with the current governing coalition composed of Smer, the Slovak National Party (SNS) and Movement for Democratic Slovakia, HZDS, reads an SDKÚ statement provided to the media.
SDKÚ also said that SaS is playing into the hands of Smer chairman and Prime Minister Robert Fico, and that it isn’t striving for purification of the Slovak political scene; but rather, will weaken the real alternative to the current government.
“We’ve come to the conclusion that if we want to be a party that is based on openness and clear relations, we shouldn’t go into a (pre-election) coalition with SDKÚ, in which relations are unresolved and whose treasurer refuses to answer important questions,” said SaS chairman Richard Sulík. Through its decision, the SaS buried an opportunity to create a viable alternative to the Smer-led government, Béla Bugár, the chair of the Most-Hid party, told TASR. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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11. Feb 2010 at 10:00