The no-confidence motion against Economy Minister Ľubomír Jahnátek didn't receive enough votes to have the minister dismissed on April 13.
Fifty-nine MPs voted no-confidence, 75 MPs voted nay, and one MP did not vote. 76 votes (a simple majority) are required for a no-confidence motion to be passed.
Jahnátek considers facing votes of no-confidence to be part of his job. He said the context of his interview was different to that presented by the opposition and statements about "black money" in the armament industry were out of context. With respect to corruption in Slovakia, he said that the country passed the OECD convention but has not applied it in law yet.
"The purpose of this debate was both to convince this country’s people that the opposition honestly and meticulously carries out its function, and to give an opportunity for arguments to be heard," Mikuláš Dzurinda, leader of the opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union, told journalists after the parliamentary session during which the vote was held.
The chairman of the opposition Christian Democratic Movement, Pavol Hrušovský, said that even before the session he knew that the opposition would not have enough votes to have Jahnátek dismissed.
"I knew this would be the outcome beforehand,” he said. “However, I was disappointed with the level of the arguments that came from the coalition and the minister himself."
According to opposition Hungarian Coalition Party leader Pál Csáky, the vote proved that there is no such thing as a perfect constitutional system.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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16. Apr 2007 at 11:45