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Slovak Prez Names New Coalition

Kovac Takes Upper Hand in Showdown With Meciar

By MATT WELCH

United Press International, November 10, 1993

President Michal Kovac on Wednesday swore in a new government coalition, 24 hours after he seemed to be heading for a major showdown with Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar.

Approval for the coalition signals a major victory for Kovac, who had earlier refused to accept a Meciar confidant as privatization minister. Meciar, who masterminded Slovakia's independence and still towers over the country's emerging political elite, threatened to scuttle the new coalition after Kovac's decision. However, he changed his mind just eight hours later.

The prime minister's reversal cleared the way for the approval of a new economics minister and four deputy prime ministers, including key members of the Slovak National Party, or SNS, Meciar's junior coalition partners.

But there are few signs the row between the president and premier has subsided, with bitter exchanges between the two during ceremony to mark the government's appointment.

"I hope words said today will be valid tomorrow," Meciar said in a brief speech.

"They have been valid until now," Kovac interrupted.

"I would like to know what grain of political wisdom allowed the president to make the decision he made," the prime minister snarled.

The coalition between SNS and Meciar's Movement for a Democratic Slovakia, or HZDS, gives the new government control of 80 of the parliament's 150 seats, enabling them to press ahead with key legislation needed to speed up Slovakia's economic reforms and attract reluctant foreign investors.

Relations between the two party leaders, however, also remain precarious. When talks collapsed during the summer, Meciar accused Cernak of trying to swindle the Slovak government out of one million Slovak crowns ($300,000).

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Slovak Prez Names New Coalition

Kovac Takes Upper Hand in Showdown With Meciar

By MATT WELCH

United Press International, November 10, 1993

President Michal Kovac on Wednesday swore in a new government coalition, 24 hours after he seemed to be heading for a major showdown with Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar.

Approval for the coalition signals a major victory for Kovac, who had earlier refused to accept a Meciar confidant as privatization minister. Meciar, who masterminded Slovakia's independence and still towers over the country's emerging political elite, threatened to scuttle the new coalition after Kovac's decision. However, he changed his mind just eight hours later.

The prime minister's reversal cleared the way for the approval of a new economics minister and four deputy prime ministers, including key members of the Slovak National Party, or SNS, Meciar's junior coalition partners.

But there are few signs the row between the president and premier has subsided, with bitter exchanges between the two during ceremony to mark the government's appointment.

"I hope words said today will be valid tomorrow," Meciar said in a brief speech.

"They have been valid until now," Kovac interrupted.

"I would like to know what grain of political wisdom allowed the president to make the decision he made," the prime minister snarled.

The coalition between SNS and Meciar's Movement for a Democratic Slovakia, or HZDS, gives the new government control of 80 of the parliament's 150 seats, enabling them to press ahead with key legislation needed to speed up Slovakia's economic reforms and attract reluctant foreign investors.

Relations between the two party leaders, however, also remain precarious. When talks collapsed during the summer, Meciar accused Cernak of trying to swindle the Slovak government out of one million Slovak crowns ($300,000).

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