Opposition Smer wants changes to the distribution of parliamentary posts. Smer boss Robert Fico hopes that opposition parties can gain even more positions due to recent changes within the team of Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda, daily Národná obroda reported.
Fico claims that a ruling coalition that has only a narrow majority in parliament should not hold the posts of parliamentary speaker and three deputy speakers. Currently, the post of speaker belongs to the Christian Democratic Movement and each ruling coalition party has a deputy speaker post. The Movement for a Democratic Slovakia also holds a parliamentary deputy speaker position.
As three deputies have left the deputy faction of the New Citizen's Alliance (ANO), the ruling coalition has lost its majority in parliament.
Smer will vote against ANO deputy chairman Ľubomír Lintner being installed as deputy speaker.
Fico plans to hold talks with the HZDS and the Communist Party (KSS) over the redistribution of the posts.
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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3. Oct 2003 at 10:52