Party of the Hungarian Coalition
|Party of the Hungarian Community
Magyar Koalíció Pártja
|Ideology||Hungarian minority interests,
|International affiliation||Centrist Democrat International (observer)|
|European affiliation||European People's Party|
|European Parliament group||European People's Party|
|Colours||Red, white, green (colours of the Hungarian flag)|
|Politics of Slovakia
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The Party of the Hungarian Coalition, officially registered under the compound name Strana maďarskej koalície – Magyar Koalíció Pártja, is a political party in Slovakia, for the ethnic Hungarian minority. It was led by Pál Csáky (formerly led by Béla Bugár), until the parliamentary election of 12 June 2010 where it failed to acquire 5% of the popular vote, the threshold necessary for entering the National Council of the Slovak Republic. In response, Csáky and the whole party leadership resigned.
The party was founded in 1998 in response to an anti-coalition law passed. The law prevented parties from forming electoral cartels at election time, which small parties had used to overcome the 5% electoral threshold. Three parties representing the Hungarian minority had formed such a cartel, called 'Hungarian Coalition' in the 1994 election, and had won 10.2% of the vote. To comply with the new law, the three parties – the Hungarian Christian Democratic Movement, Coexistence, and the Hungarian Civic Party – merged to form the Party of the Hungarian Coalition.
Following the 2002 parliamentary election in Slovakia, the Party of the Hungarian Coalition joined the Slovak governing coalition for the second time (after the 1998–2002 term), obtained 321,069 votes (11.16% of all votes), and was the most stable political party in the governing coalition. At the EU parliament election in 2004 the party won 13.24% of the vote.
The party had 4 ministers (Pál Csáky – Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration and Minority Rights, László Miklós – Minister of Environment, László Gyurovszky – Minister of Construction and Regional Development and Zsolt Simon – Minister of Agriculture) and 6 state secretaries (Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Construction and Regional Development) in the Slovak government. Béla Bugár, the president of the Party of the Hungarian Coalition at that time, was the Vice President of the National Council of the Slovak Republic.
In the parliamentary election of 17 June 2006, the party won 11.7% of the popular vote and 20 out of 150 seats, but lost its participation in the government. In the parliamentary election of 12 June 2010, the party missed the 5% border needed for participation in parliament by receiving 4.33% and lost its position in parliament.
Although the Party of Hungarian Coalition consistently maintains a narrowly neoliberal (or liberal conservative) approach to policy, it claims as to represent the entire Hungarian community in Slovakia, with the objective of strengthening their legal status and ensuring them an equal position in the society.
The party also pays attention to the protection of rights of other minorities living in Slovakia. László Nagy, for example, MP and one-time Chairman of the Slovak parliament's Committee for Human Rights, Minorities and the Position of Women, has advocated for a solution to the problems facing the Roma. Also indicative of the party's approach, it supports political and civic equality for Roma, but also advocates cuts in the social welfare to which Roma, like other citizens, are entitled.
The primary party organisations make up the basis of the party. By the end of March 2003, the number of these local organisations was 521 and the number of members was 10,983. The party congress is the highest body of the party. Between two congresses the highest body of the party is the National Council.
Each elected functionary and body gets elected in form of democratic, secret elections. The party leadership of the districts co-ordinates the work of local institutions within district.
Between 1998 and 2007 the party chairman was Béla Bugár. The Chairman of the National Council was Zsolt Komlósy, the Parliamentary Group Leader was Gyula Bárdos and Executive Deputy Chairman was Miklós Duray. Pál Csáky was the chairman of the Minister’s Club.
On 31 March 2007 Pál Csáky was elected for chairman by the assembly of party, thus succeeding the more moderate Béla Bugár.
Béla Bugár established the party Híd–Most on 30 June 2009, stating that Csáky was too nationalist. His new party (its name means "bridge" in Hungarian and Slovak) wants to emphasise cooperation between Hungarians and Slovaks.
- Hungarian: Magyar Koalíció Pártja, Slovak: Strana maďarskej koalície
- "Is Slovakia's Hungarian minority becoming more radical?". Respekt. 2007-04-02. Retrieved 2011-12-08.
- "Neue Partei der "Ungarischen Koalition"" (in German). Der Standard. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2011-12-08.
- Official site (Hungarian)/(Slovak)/(English)