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Two parties select candidates for European parliament

THE SLOVAK Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and the Hungarian Community Party (SMK) have selected their candidates for the European parliamentary elections, taking place in May. Slovakia has 13 deputies in the European Parliament.

THE SLOVAK Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and the Hungarian Community Party (SMK) have selected their candidates for the European parliamentary elections, taking place in May. Slovakia has 13 deputies in the European Parliament.

The SMK’s national council decided on February 16 to put forward its former chairman, Pál Csáky, as the leader of its candidate list for the European parliamentary election, as reported by the TASR newswire.

In addition, the party's slate will not include either of its current representatives in the European institution. Twice elected to the European Parliament, MEP Edit Bauer, 67, announced that she would not run, and SMK MEP Alajos Meszáros decided not to join the race after the party chose Csáky as the election leader earlier in the day. The slate chose the party’s vice-chair for economic and regional development, Ivan Farkas, as its number two candidate. The party selected a full slate of 13 candidates for the election. SMK chair József Berényi believes that his party could defend at least the two current MEP seats in the May 24 vote, TASR wrote.

Meanwhile, SDKÚ members also selected their candidates in primary elections. Their slate for the upcoming EP election will be led by the party's vice-chairman, Ivan Štefanec, according to the results of a party election announced by SDKÚ chairman Pavol Frešo on February 16.

In the vote, Štefanec defeated current MEP Eduard Kukan, with the support of approximately 2,000 of his fellow party members, which accounted for 58.2 percent of the vote. Kukan, who was backed mainly by colleagues from Prešov and Trnava regions, received 41.7 percent, and is therefore expected to be number two on the slate. The results of the vote will become official as soon as the party's top representatives approve them next week.

Approximately 4,000 SDKÚ members went to party polling stations to vote for the party leader on February 15. Other candidates on the slate will emerge from another primary election, scheduled for March 8.

At present, the SDKÚ has two seats in the EP. They are occupied by Kukan and former ice-hockey player Peter Šťastný.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports
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