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SDKÚ offers deal to independent MPs

THE RULING Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) made an offer to support six independent MPs in order to bolster the stability of the government coalition, which has lost its majority in parliament, the SME daily wrote.

According to the SDKÚ proposal, the independent MPs would promise not to vote for legislative bills that would increase state spending.

The MPs would also promise to support cabinet-proposed reforms and assist in preparing future state budgets.

In return, the SDKÚ would support independent MP Miroslav Abelovský for the post of deputy speaker of parliament, which has been vacant since MP Zuzana Martináková left the SDKÚ to form the Free Forum party.

The SDKÚ would also support other independent MPs for posts in the cabinet and parliament.

The SDKÚ's ruling partners have expressed skepticism towards the proposal.

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