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Opposition say time for recall of Dzurinda not yet ripe

At their meeting on October 13, opposition parties agreed that the right time for recalling the prime minister and the cabinet has not arrived yet, daily SME wrote.

However, Robert Fico's Smer still plans to support a petition for a referendum on the recall of the cabinet that the trade unions are organizing.

The opposition want to test the strength of the ruling coalition. Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) boss Vladimír Mečiar, Smer leader Robert Fico and Slovak Communist Party (KSS) boss Jozef Ševc plan to use the parliamentary vote on next year's state budget to hold a no-confidence vote on the Dzurinda team.

Upon a suggestion from People's Union (LÚ) leader and former HZDS member Vojtech Tkáč, ANO's Lubomir Lintner proposed that along with voting on the state budget, the parliament also confirm or deny trust in the Dzurinda team.

"I think it is not good if issues that are not ripe yet are opened up," Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda said.

The ruling coalition is very fragile and has only 75 certain votes in the 150-seat parliament, SME writes.

Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) boss Bela Bugar said it would be hazardous to link the state budget vote with an eventual no-confidence motion.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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