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Coalition parties reject future cooperation with SaS

The Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) party said it cannot imagine any further mutual cooperation with the Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) after that party rejected the support for the changes in the euro bailout mechanism and caused the fall of the centre-right government, the Sme daily reported on Saturday, October 15.

The Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) party said it cannot imagine any further mutual cooperation with the Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) after that party rejected the support for the changes in the euro bailout mechanism and caused the fall of the centre-right government, the Sme daily reported on Saturday, October 15.

“SaS has zero governmental potential, at least in one or two future general elections,” said Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš, as quoted by Sme.

Members of the SDKÚ party, including Prime Minister Iveta Radičová, wrote a letter in which they accused the party of Richard Sulík of causing the fall of the government by “preferring their party’s interests rather than the living interest of Slovakia”. SDKÚ also said that it believes that SaS’ party’s preferences were apparently more important than political stability and the fight against the European debt crisis.

Most-Híd party also rejected future cooperation with the liberals.

“A party which causes the fall of its own government has very low, nearly zero, coalition potential,” said the chair of Most-Híd, Béla Bugár, as quoted by Sme. “Everybody will be afraid whether it won’t do it again.”

The third co-ruling party, the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) did not say whether it will be willing to establish any future coalition with SaS.

Richard Sulík did not respond to the statements of his former coalition colleagues, saying that for SaS reforms and responsible ruling of the country will be the most important principle for the party.

Source: Sme

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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