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HZDS submits motion to have finance minister sacked

The Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) has submitted a proposal to sack Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš in parliament. Six Communist (KSS) deputies signed the proposal for a motion of no-confidence, the daily SME wrote.

The HZDS wants to have Mikloš, who is the mastermind of the government's economic policies, sacked for what they call the unbearably tough social reforms that heavily hit the socially weak.

The opposition does not have a guarantee of the necessary votes to recall Mikloš. However, HZDS officials declared that they have the promised support of 76 deputies, which would be enough to oust Mikloš.

Free Forum leader Ivan Šimko says that there "are serious reasons" for sacking the finance minister, but he does not trust the HZDS move, as he interprets it as part of HZDS leader Vladimír Mečiar's presidential election campaign.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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