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SDKÚ fires Nitra official over alliance with Smer

The mayor of the municipality of Vráble, Tibor Tóth, has been removed as head of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) regional organisation in Nitra.

The mayor of the municipality of Vráble, Tibor Tóth, has been removed as head of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) regional organisation in Nitra.

The Sme daily wrote that the presidium of the party decided to dismiss him because he negotiated a 'Slovak coalition' in Nitra with the ruling party, Smer, for the upcoming regional elections. In doing so, he acted against the instructions of the SDKÚ leadership, which has said that the party should not cooperate with Smer in any region – despite the SDKÚ forming an alliance with Smer in Nitra Region during the previous two regional election campaigns.

The SITA newswire wrote that Smer and the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) on May 28 signed a coalition agreement for the regional elections without the SDKÚ. Originally, all three parties planned to form a coalition, but after a party debate, the SDKÚ questioned one point of the coalition agreement – the candidate for chair of the self-governing region – and backed out of the agreement.

Sources: Sme, SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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