The Hungarian Alliance party notched up a “historic win” in the local and county elections in Slovakia on Sunday, state secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for policy for Hungarian communities abroad, Árpád János Potápi, said on Wednesday. Potápi noted that Hungarian parties in Slovakia had united a year ago, adding that this had “borne fruit”.
He told a press conference that the Alliance had become a major party in southern Slovakia, and they were becoming a strong force nationally, too. It is highly likely that Hungarians in Slovakia will enjoy “very strong” parliamentary representation, he added. Potápi explained the need for unity with the fact that also the ethnic Hungarian community makes up 8.5% of Slovakia’s population, no Hungarian party or one with Hungarian participation managed to win seats in parliament in the last general election.