THE SLOVAK AGRARIANS BETWEEN THE MERGING CONFERENCE AND THE PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS OF 1925 (Slovenski agrarnici medzi zlucovacim zjazdom a parlamentnymi volbami v roku 1925)
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As with all parties in a parliamentary democracy, the activity of the agrarian party in inter-war Slovakia was directed towards gaining the largest possible share of state power. Its effort was also motivated by the fact that two-thirds of the population of Slovakia worked in agriculture, so a party defending their interests had the possibility to become the strongest in the country. However, the agrarian party, which originated in Slovakia in 1919 under the name National Republican Party of Small Farmers (Narodna republikanska strana rolnicka) did not achieve this aim in the 1920 elections. The Social Democrats won the election in Slovakia. The socialist parties did not repeat their success from 1920 in later parliamentary elections in Slovakia. The agrarians again entered the competition to gain the position of the strongest party in Slovakia. After 1922 they were helped by alliance with Czech partners in an agrarian party for the whole Czechoslovakia. After this year the agrarians in Slovakia built up their organizational structure and started intensive agitation, largely connected with the land reform then occurring. However, in spite of this, the county elections in 1923 indicated and the parliamentary elections of 1925 definitively confirmed that Hlinka's Slovak People's Party had become the strongest party in Slovakia. In contrast to the centralist oriented agrarians, it supported the autonomy of Slovakia.
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