The Party of the Hungarian Community
The Party of the Hungarian Community (Hungarian: Magyar Közösség Pártja, Slovak: Strana maďarskej komunity; SMK-MKP), formerly known as Party of the Hungarian Coalition (Hungarian: Magyar Koalíció Pártja, Slovak: Strana maďarskej koalície), is a political party in Slovakia for the ethnic Hungarian minority.
Led by president: József Menyhárt. The party became a member of the European People’s Party (EPP) on 7 June 2000.
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.
The primary party organisations make up the basis of the party. The number of these local organisations was 500 and the number of members was 10 500. The party congress is the highest body of the party.