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Slovakian SMK and Most-Híd to merge into single party

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Extra-parliamentary ethnic-Hungarian parties Most-Híd and SMK announced on Friday that they are set to merge and form a joint party, admitting at the same time that talks on merging with a third such party, i.e. Solidarity, have failed, Slovak state news agency TASR reported.

"The compromise proposals from SMK-MKP and Most-Híd in January didn't push the three parties closer to a three-way agreement, and further talks brought no results. We [SMK and Most-Híd] decided that we'll lay the foundation for new Hungarian political representation in Slovakia together," the two parties said in a statement.

Their aim is to unite all political and social entities that are interested in representing the Hungarian minority. SMK splintered in 2009, leading to the creation of Most-Híd, which managed to replace SMK in parliament. No ethnic-Hungarian party made it into Parliament in the most recent general election, however. 

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