Mečiar apologizes for absence from a vote

VLADIMÍR Mečiar, the leader of the ruling Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) party, apologized to his two coalition partners – PM Robert Fico and Slovak National Party chairman Ján Slota – over his absence from the vote of confidence in the government during the parliamentary session on August 4.

According to TASR, both PM Fico and SNS chairman Slota accepted Mečiar's apology.

Yet Mečiar did not specify the reasons for his absence from the vote. Shortly after the voting, HZDS MP Ján Kovarčík said that Mečiar missed the vote because he was unable to find a place to park his car.

Speculation appeared immediately suggesting different reasons for Mečiar’s absence. Among the reasons is Mečiar's possible discontent with the fact that Smer’s nominee Jozef Magala, the head of the Slovak secret service, has refused to accept Igor Urban, who was proposed by HZDS, as his secretary.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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