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Dzurinda says he will not withdraw his candidacy due to the Gorilla case

The chair of the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party, Richard Sulík, called upon Mikuláš Dzurinda and Ivan Mikloš to withdraw from the candidate list of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) because of the Gorilla case, the Sme daily reported while writing that Dzurinda does not want to repeat the step he took in 2010 when he did not stand for parliament because of questions about his party’s past financing.

The chair of the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party, Richard Sulík, called upon Mikuláš Dzurinda and Ivan Mikloš to withdraw from the candidate list of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) because of the Gorilla case, the Sme daily reported while writing that Dzurinda does not want to repeat the step he took in 2010 when he did not stand for parliament because of questions about his party’s past financing.

“The suspicions against these long-time serving politicians are so massive that they should pack up and leave,” Sulík said on a political talk show broadcast by television Markíza. He added that because of the Gorilla file he even cannot imagine further cooperation with either Dzurinda or Mikloš, who currently serves as Slovakia’s finance minister.

The Gorilla document was allegedly written by the Slovak Information Service (SIS) intelligence agency and described the alleged influence of the Penta financial group on ministers serving during the rule of the second government of Mikuláš Dzurinda in 2005 and 2006.

“It is eight weeks before parliamentary elections, every political party wants to attract voters as well as it can,” responded Dzurinda, as quoted by Sme. He added that he still has not excluded cooperation with SaS after the elections as politicians often forget their statements when the situation gets tough.

Possible cooperation with SDKÚ after the elections was also questioned by current Interior Minister Daniel Lipšic who said that it will be important for his party, the Christian Democratic Movement, to consider the attitude of SDKÚ to the investigation of the Gorilla case. If it does not change, Lipšic will consider cooperation problematic, Sme wrote.

Representatives of Most-Híd party have not excluded the possibility of the cooperation between their party and SDKÚ. Agriculture Minister Zsolt Simon said that the establishment of a team of investigators to examine the case was an important step.

“At the moment that the results of the investigation are clear, the conclusions could have and certainly will have an effect on the political scene in Slovakia,” Simon stated, as quoted by Sme.

Source: Sme

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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