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Slovakia's wealthiest political parties are Smer and SaS

The Slovak parliamentary parties with the most assets are the governing Smer and the opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), the TASR newswire learned on Monday, July 15.

The Slovak parliamentary parties with the most assets are the governing Smer and the opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), the TASR newswire learned on Monday, July 15.

The overall assets owned by Smer amounted to almost €10.4 million in 2012, up from €4.2 million in 2011. SaS was the runner-up with €2.02 million (€1.8 million in 2011) and Opposition group Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) came in third with €1.8 million. In 2011, when OĽaNO was first established, its assets were worth a mere €25,653.

Also, opposition party Most-Híd was the fourth-wealthiest parliamentary party in 2012, with €1.55 million, ahead of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) with €1.01 million. Even the non-parliamentary ethnic-Hungarian SMK, with almost €800,000, fared better than the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), with €503,900.

When it comes to debt, the SDKÚ had the most, with €2 million, followed by OĽaNO with €213,000, Smer with €158,000, the KDH with €74,000, SaS with €25,000 and Most-Híd with €21,500. The debt of non-parliamentary parties the Slovak National Party (SNS) and SMK reached €41,600 and €29,500, respectively. A total of 63 political parties are currently registered in Slovakia.

(Source: TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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