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Parliament rejects opposition’s bill curtailing immunity

A draft bill that would limit parliamentary immunity presented Daniel Lipšic of the opposition Christian Democrats has failed to make it to a second reading.

On June 20, the ruling coalition majority refused to support the draft constitutional bill aimed at limiting MPs’ immunity to only their statements in parliament.

Eighty coalition MPs voted in favour of dropping Lipšic's draft and fifty-seven opposition MPs voted against.

The coalition argued that the issue of MPs’ immunity should be dealt with by the standing Commission for the Constitution, which is to decide on the problem soon and present a proposal this autumn.

The coalition reproached the opposition for what it called its unwillingness to participate in the commission's work. Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška of the ruling party Smer said he would propose the complete cancellation of MP immunity.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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