“The facts were rejected, the process was called into question,” Andrea Letanovská, vice-president of the Democrats party, did not hide her disappointment. “The talks failed because of selfishness. Selfishness won, the citizens lost,” she added.
The Democrats came to the meeting with the offer that the leader of the candidate and the positions on the candidate would be chosen according to the preferences of the individual parties. “The goal was to prevent the return of the oligarchs’ rule,” Letanovská emphasized, adding that the men at the head of the other parties could not tame their own egos.
“Sewn with a Hot Needle”
The meeting was attended by representatives of parties that individually have little chance of succeeding in the September elections, and their preferences are still far below the five percent required to enter parliament. “We went to the meeting with a sincere interest in fighting to ensure that no vote was lost,” Heger let himself be heard.
In addition to the representatives of the Democratic Party, the aforementioned meeting was attended by politicians around Mikuláš Dzurinda (Modří – Evropská Slovakia, Most-Híd) and Zsolt Simon (Hungarian Forum, Civic Democrats of Slovakia, Za Regiony, Roma Coalition, Democratic Party). Simon called the Democrats’ proposals “sewn with a hot needle” and, according to Dzurinda, Heger’s party came up with proposals that they could not guarantee.
According to political scientist Radoslav Štefančík, Heger’s unacceptability to other parties may be behind the failure of negotiations. “It may be that Heger is an unsuccessful prime minister and apparently also an unsuccessful chairman of a political party,” said the political scientist.
In this context, the Slovak media point out that parties that have little voter support are playing an unnecessarily high game, even if they have a minimal chance of breaking into parliament on their own.
How Slovaks would vote
- Direction 18%
- Vote 16.5%
- Progressive Slovakia 14.3%
- SaS 8,3%
- OLaNO 7.4%
- Republic 6.9%
- KDH 6.6%
- We are family 5.6%
- Democrats 3.4%
- Hungarian Forum 3.1%
- Blue – European Slovakia 1.1%
Source: May survey of the AKO agency
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