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Opposition to vote on Jureňa's dismissal

Opposition parties SDKÚ-DS, the KDH and the ethnic-Hungarian SMK announced on November 19 that they will submit a proposal in Parliament for the dismissal of Agriculture Minister Miroslav Jureňa (ĽS-HZDS).

The MPs will firs take part in a no-confidence vote against the Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paska. The proposal to dismiss Paška should have been handed in by the Opposition to Parliament at 2 p.m. on Monday, and the special session would have to take place within seven days.

The SDKU leader and former PM Mikuláš Dzurinda added that he didn't anticipate any surprises at Monday's Coalition Council session. Jureňa has gotten bad press in connection with the scandal around land deals and the SPÚ, Slovak Land Office. PM Robert Fico called on Jureňa to dismiss the vice-chairman of the SPÚ Briza, who subsequently resigned at the end of last week. The Opposition says that it is not satisfied with this move, however, and has been demanding Jurena's head as well.

Following the interrupted session of the Coalition Council on Monday, Jureňa told journalists that he believed that he still enjoys Fico’s trust. Jureňa pointed out that during the Coalition Council meeting no conclusions or agreements were made, and that's why the talks will go on. According to Jurena, LS-HZDS has decided that it will not withdraw him from the post, and if Fico insists on this a Coalition crisis will ensue. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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