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Fico likely to face no-confidence vote over SPP scandal
13 Sep 2013 Flash News
Prime Minister Robert Fico is very likely to face a parliamentary no-confidence vote for the first time during this term in office, as opposition MPs are planning to submit a proposal on September 13 concerning the calling of a parliamentary session with such a vote as the only item on the agenda.
Legislators representing Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), Most-Híd, Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO), Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and New Majority-Agreement (NOVA) have all pledged their support for the proposal. The initiative comes in the wake of a scandal surrounding the government's plans for the purchase of the remaining 49 percent of shares in the mother company of gas utility Slovenský Plynárenský Priemysel (SPP). Revelations that documents for the government material on the acquisition seem to contain meta data from J&T financial group have led to the allegation that the firm had a hand in drafting the purchase agreement.
Independent MP Daniel Lipšic has challenged Prime Minister Robert Fico to a televised debate over Lipšic’s claim that the documents for the government materials on the acquisition of a 49-percent stake in SPP were drafted by the J&T financial group and not the Economy Ministry. On September 11, Lipšic announced that an electronic document on SPP, approved by the government on September 4, features the name of a company called J&T Investment Advisors in its ‘file properties’ [supporting information that is automatically attached to e-files].
“Based on this document, it seems that key materials of an economic character were created on the computers of J&T Investment Advisors,” said Marcel Klimek of the Lipšic-led extra-parliamentary New Majority-Agreement (NOVA).
“This gentleman still uses a computer from this group. So, the documents that he sent us came from his computer. That's all there is to it,” said Malatinský. The claim about the alleged drafting of government materials has also been rejected by the financial group itself.
Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) chairman Richard Sulík has managed to collect more (45) than the 30 signatures from opposition MPs needed to convene an extraordinary parliamentary session on the purchase of the remaining shares in the mother company of SPP. Whether Sulík will submit the proposal to convene the session or the opposition will embrace a differrent course of action remains to be seen, TASR wrote.
Fico’s Smer party controls an outright majority in parliament and the government is likely to survive and no-confidence vote.
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