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Martináková may give up parliamentary post

ZUZANA Martináková said she was considering leaving the deputy speaker of parliament post.

Martináková was nominated to the position as a member of PM Mikuláš Dzurinda's Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), but she recently left the party to join a group of discontented SDKÚ members headed by ex-defence minister Ivan Šimko who want to form their own political party, the Free Forum.

Slovak daily SME wrote that Martináková's motives were linked to the fact that the political situation has changed.

Martináková said: "If political relations are to stabilize then it should be on the basis of serious negotiations. A part of that should be the redistribution of constitutional posts."

Speaker of parliament Pavol Hrušovský said he would be sorry if Martináková left the post but he noted that the move was "probably a part of a strategy on the part of Ivan Šimko's platform.”

Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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