Region: New Coalition Inks the Deal
The four partners in Slovakia’s newly-created centre-right coalition wasted no time when it came to thrashing out an inter-party deal which came to fruition on July 6. They began working towards an agreement almost immediately after the election results emerged on the night of June 12. Talks continued at a fast clip despite several disagreements and a Coalition Treaty was formally signed less than a month after the election.
The heads of the four coalition parties – Mikuláš Dzurinda of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), Richard Sulík of Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), Ján Figeľ of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and Béla Bugár of Most-Híd, as well as Prime Minister-designate Iveta Radičová (SDKÚ) – signed the treaty, which sets out the terms of their cooperation in the coalition, at Bratislava’s Primate’s Palace on the evening of July 6.
Read more at The Slovak Spectator.