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No amendment to coalition treaty

COALITION party leaders decided that, against expectations, no amendment to the coalition treaty would be signed.

Following the June 1 meeting of the Coalition Council, a senior political body composed of the representatives of the four ruling parties, Pavol Rusko, head of the ruling New Citizen's Alliance party, said that the amendment to secure consensual voting of ruling MPs in parliament regarding specific laws, would be "useless and theatrical", the Slovak daily Hospodárske noviny wrote.

Another coalition member, the Hungarian Coalition Party, agreed to sign the amendment just two weeks ago.

Gyula Bárdos, head of that party's parliamentary caucus, said that his party considered the priorities to be the state budget and important reform laws.

Slovak Democratic and Chrisrian Union (SDKÚ) officials said that they did not need the amendment.

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