Andrej Ďurkovský, an independent MP, formerly of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and a past mayor of Bratislava told the TASR newswire on October 17 that he will not seek election next March.
"Despite various offers from the chairs of political parties, I won't run in the upcoming election," Ďurkovsky said, refusing to specify the offers or his plans for the future. Ďurkovský left KDH in January 2011 when various allegations against his actions while serving as mayor were published in the media.
The spokesperson for the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party, Tatiana Tóthová said that SaS is unlikely to slate currently independent MP Igor Matovič, who had been elected in 2010 on SaS’ slate, in 2012.
"SaS will start preparing its slate soon. Igor Matovič has been indicating that he plans to form his own party, so this [co-operation with Matovič] most evidently won't be an issue for SaS,” Tóthová said. Matovič told TASR that he and his 'Ordinary People' faction view the election as a challenge and they want to run their own party while adding that the election has been set at such an early date that his party and other newly-established parties will not have enough time to prepare.
Even though the chairman of Most-Híd party, Béla Bugár, reportedly recently said that he could not imagine further cooperation with the Civic Conservative Party (OKS), whose candidates ran on the Most-Hid slate in 2010, he did not confirm this to TASR.
"We haven't discussed this yet, so I'm not going to take a stance on this," Bugár stated, adding that OKS's rejection of the changes to the EFSF on October 11 will make cooperation between the two parties more complicated, adding that "you'll know more when it becomes topical".
"I'm not even able to say at the moment whether OKS will run in the election or not," said OKS chairman Peter Zajac. The party lost František Šebej, one of its four members of parliament, when he voted for the changes to EFSF and in support of Iveta Radičová's government, contrary to the three other MPs from his former party.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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18. Oct 2011 at 10:00