Bugar: Coalition Likely to Slim Down to Three Parties

Most-Hid chair Bela Bugar (stock photo by TASR)

Bratislava, August 18 (TASR) – The governing four-party coalition will likely change to only three parties, Most-Hid chair Bela Bugar said on Thursday evening.

This means that Siet (Network) is expected to drop out of the coalition following its loss of five lawmakers, who officially joined the Most-Hid caucus earlier in the day.

Most-Hid will stake a claim over the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development, with Bugar already having a nominee to replace incumbent minister Roman Brecely – although he refused to provide the name to the media.

Bugar stressed that changes in the Coalition and the Government will need to be further discussed by the Coalition Council. “The Coalition Council will have to discuss the exact manner in which the coalition makeup will change. I expect the four-party coalition to change into three parties, but that’s up to the Coalition Council,” he said.

The transportation minister as well as state secretary nominations will be approved by the Most-Hid presidium session on Saturday, August 20. “We will inform the public about other matters, including personnel changes, after they are agreed upon,” said Bugar.

Earlier in the day, Siet defectors Andrej Hrnciar, Martin Fedor, Katarina Csefalvayova, Igor Janckulik and Eduard Adamcik joined Most-Hid caucus. “As of today, we’re starting to work in the Most-Hid caucus,” said Hrnciar.