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No agreement between Most-Híd and SMK

The Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) has turned down an offer by coalition party Most-Híd for its members to take up places on Most-Híd's election list, the TASR newswire reported on Wednesday, November 9, citing Most-Hid campaign head László Solymos.

The Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) has turned down an offer by coalition party Most-Híd for its members to take up places on Most-Híd's election list, the TASR newswire reported on Wednesday, November 9, citing Most-Hid campaign head László Solymos.

A meeting between the two parties was set to take place on Friday, November 11, but the SMK refused to discuss any other option but forming a coalition of two parties to run in the campaign, Solymos said, leading him to conclude: "So, this issue is over for us for now."

The head of the SMK’s Republican Council, Gyula Bárdos, said that the SMK is willing to talk, but not if the talks are only about places on Most-Híd’s slate. "We're in favour of negotiations on co-operation on the basis of partnership, i.e. creating a coalition, a joint slate," he said, as reported by the TASR newswire.

The SMK argues that it is in the interest of Slovakia’s Hungarian-speaking community in Slovakia to have Most-Híd and the SMK talk together and treat each other as equal partners when it comes to potential co-operation in the March 2012 early election, SMK chair József Berényi said, as reported by TASR. If the two parties form a coalition, they will have to gain 7 percent of the national vote in order to get into parliament, rather the 5-percent threshold applicable to individual parties.

Most-Híd was created in 2009 by former members of the SMK led by Béla Bugár. At the 2010 election, Most-Híd successfully surpassed the 5-percent threshold and went on to become part of the coalition government; the SMK, by contrast, failed to clear the threshold and currently has no MPs in parliament.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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