That would be possible only at the cost of all other parties connecting together against ODS and HZDS
, which was impossible to imagine on both the Czech and the Slovak side, especially with with regard to the need to receive the confidence for the federal government from both the curias of the Chamber of Nations, in order to comply with the prohibition of outnumbering.
became the most popular political party in Slovakia after the 1992 elections, securing 74 out of 150 mandates in the Slovak parliament.
(54) The Slovak Spectator, HZDS
deputy walks out on his own party, 24 November 1996.
Following a summer 2003 parliamentary shake-up, the government lost its narrow parliamentary majority and controlled only 69 of the 150 seats; however, because of conflicts among the opposition parties, the coalition was able to remain in power with the tacit support of Meciar's HZDS
Mr Meciar's hard-line HZDS
was first with 27 per cent of the vote, based on the unofficial results, giving it 43 seats in Parliament.
His now-obsolete Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS
) was, however, part of a coalition with Smer and SNS between 2006-2010.
The critical juncture of the Slovak political transition, for instance, was the defeat of Vladimir Meciar's Movement for Democratic Slovakia (HZDS
) in the 1998 parliamentary election.
(6.) The party had been in government for the first time under the populist HZDS
and Vladimir Meciar between 1994 and 1998.
Political parties: Distribution of the 150 parliamentary seats is SMER (Direction) 50 seats; Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKU) 28 seats; Slovak National Party (SNS) 19 seats; Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) 20 seats; Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS
) 15 seats; Christian-Democratic Movement (KDH) 9 seats, Slovak Conservative Democrats (KDS) 4 seats; Unaffiliated 5 seats.
The situation in the Conference of Presidents is even a little "sadder." The CoP, which brings together the presidents from the individual groups, has only one representative from the post-communist nations--Irena Belohorska from the Slovak HZDS
. The reality is that no other group has elected a leader from one of the new member states.
After founding his populist movement known as HZDS
in 1991, Mr Meciar helped bring about the split from Czechoslovakia that won him the l ifetime support of nationalistic Slovaks.
Even within the HZDS
, serious differences remain evident on the question of NATO integration.