Political analysts say Slovak political parties are expected to sling more mud in campaign

With the June 12 parliamentary election fast approaching, political analysts expect the parties running for parliament to sling even more mud at each other in the remaining days, the TASR newswire wrote.

With the June 12 parliamentary election fast approaching, political analysts expect the parties running for parliament to sling even more mud at each other in the remaining days, the TASR newswire wrote.

Analyst Michal Horský said that after using the ‘Greek and Hungarian cards’, he expects that Smer will play what he calls the Swiss card against the opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and come up with more information regarding the foreign bank accounts of that party’s members. Smer has already alleged certain shenanigans concerning a large tunnel built in eastern Slovakia when SDKÚ led the previous government, TASR wrote.

According to Horský, Smer will attempt to bring down or completely minimise public support for SDKÚ. He said the strongest ruling party is experienced enough to know that it can smooth over controversy about its own funding issues by playing such a trump card and he said the media have shown themselves unable to come down really hard on Smer.

“Moreover, SDKÚ campaign leader Iveta Radičová is too soft to produce any lurid scandal against Smer,” he said for the TASR newswire.

His fellow political analyst, Miroslav Kusý, believes that parties will always seek to drop some bombshell that will send shockwaves through the public. “It’s only been muck-raking so far,” he said.

The unveiling of more compromising material would not come as a surprise to Grigorij Mesežnikov of the Institute for Public Affairs, either. “I think it's still very possible. But I'm not expecting the production of a whole new topic,” he said.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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