Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico warned at an April 20 news conference at the Cabinet Office against possible formation of a government comprised of five rightist parties. “We are rational politicians and we must also admit the [potential] alternative that based on certain results, voters will make such decision,” he said as quoted by the SITA newswire.
He warned that in case of their victory, political instability would threaten Slovakia. He explained that he speaks about political parties’ parliamentary clubs which split when their deputies departed. Moreover, these parties hold diametrically different opinions.
Fico stated that his Smer party is interested in forming a new government after the June elections. “We have an ambition to be the most successful ones in the election and form a government with a strong mandate to the political party which we represent.”
Fico rejected comments saying that the news conference at the Cabinet Office was in fact a party briefing. According to the Prime Minister, a news conference with the presence of deputy prime ministers for Smer was not a political promotion but that he wanted to speak in this manner about stability in Slovakia amid the economic crisis.
Fico said that Slovakia's right-wing parties agreed on joint steps at the sitting of the European People's Party leaders. According to him, three Slovak opposition parties agreed to send a message that the same intervention as in 1998-2006 will be necessary. “It is their challenge, we are reacting to their words,” said Fico. He added that what unites right-wing parties in Slovakia is hatred towards Smer.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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20. Apr 2010 at 14:00