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Vote on deputy speaker postponed

THE RULING parties agreed that the vote on the new deputy parliamentary speaker would be held on October 29, over fears that the ruling coalition would not have enough votes to push through its candidate for the post.

The prospective candidate is New Citizen's Alliance (ANO) MP Ľubomír Lintner, who is expected to replace former deputy speaker of parliament Pavol Rusko, presently the economy minister.

ANO vice-chairman Jirko Malchárek said that representatives of parliamentary caucuses agreed on the delay because one ANO MP, Ján Drgonec, was on a work trip abroad and could therefore not participate in the October 21 vote.

The ruling coalition now formally has only 75 of 150 votes in parliament, while 76 are needed to elect the official.

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