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Slovakia
FerdinandMüller-RommelandDarinaMalova
Cabinet setting

Slovak developments since 1990
Like the Czech Republic, Slovakia grew out of the former Czechoslovakia and was formally established on 1 January 1993. In the first freely held election to the Slovak National Council, which took place in June 1990, anti-communist movements and parties won the majority of the seats. At the state level, these groups were organised in the Public Against Violence (VPN) parliamentary party, which held a dominant position in the new Slovak parliament as well as in the government. Overall, the VPN gained 48 per cent of the parliamentary seats and one of its members, Vladimir Mečiar, was appointed prime minister. He appointed VPN ministers to 12 of the 23 cabinet posts. In 1991, he was forced to resign as prime minister due to his nationalist and anti-free market stance. Consequently, he left the VPN, and founded – together with several ministers and many members of parliament – the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS).The HZDS participated in the 1992 state and national elections and became the dominant party in the Slovak part of the country. Under Mečiar's leadership, the Slovak National Council approved by 113 votes to 24 with 10 abstentions a declaration of Slovak sovereignty and, on 1 January 1993, the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic became sovereign states. The HZDS-dominated Slovak National Council remained in power and was renamed the Slovak national parliament.
Cabinets since 1993
From 1993 to 2000, Slovakia was governed by three prime ministers in five cabinets. These were
Mečiar (1) (HZDS), two-party majority cabinet, January 1993 to November 1993

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Tables viii
  • Notes on Contributors ix
  • Preface x
  • Cabinets in Post-Communist East-Central Europe and in the Balkans: Introduction 1
  • Notes 14
  • Part 1 - East-Central Europe 15
  • 1 - Estonia 17
  • 2 - Latvia 29
  • 3 - Lithuania 40
  • 4 - Poland 50
  • 5 - Czech Republic 62
  • 6 - Slovakia 73
  • 7 - Hungary 84
  • 8 - Slovenia 95
  • Part 2 - The Balkans 107
  • 9 - Romania 109
  • 10 - Moldova 120
  • 11 - Bulgaria 131
  • 12 - Albania 142
  • 13 - Macedonia 152
  • 14 - Croatia 162
  • 15 - Bosnia-Hercegovina 173
  • 16 - Serbia and the New Yugoslavia 184
  • 17 - Cabinets in Post-Communist East-Central Europe and the Balkans: Empirical Findings and Research Agenda 193
  • Appendices 202
  • Bibliography 226
  • Index 241
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