Bratislava, 11 December 1997 (RFE/RL) - Slovak Premier Vladimir Meciar
has said that he will leave politics if he fails at the next
year's parliamentary elections. "In the event of the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia's
(HZDS) failure in the elections I will no longer be active in
politics in any post," Meciar said on Slovak Television's debata
discussion program last night, answering questions from
The HZDS enjoys the support of almost one third of voters,
according to public opinion polls, while the opposition
democratic coalition's (SDK) support fell in the last poll
conducted by the MVK agency from about a quarter to one fifth.
Meciar sharply criticized the SDK on television and again
warned viewers against opposition politicians. He also warned
his rebellious coalition partners against non-approval of the
state budget for next year.
In the past Meciar had promised to leave politics if there
was a repeat of the 1991 situation when he was first ousted as
Slovak Premier. However, after his second government fell in
1994 he changed his view.