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Parliament against limiting MPs' immunity

A DRAFT bill that would limit parliamentary immunity has failed to make it to a second reading.

The ruling coalition majority refused to support a draft bill, presented by Daniel Lipšic of the opposition Christian Democratic Movement on June 20. The bill was aimed at limiting MPs' legal immunity to only cover statements they make 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 believes that the immunity issue will return to parliament in the autumn, though coalition partners do not support this plan. He said he would personally support the complete cancellation of MP immunity, including statements made in parliament.

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