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Immunity issue moved to Coalition Board

THE SLOVAK cabinet yesterday failed to discuss revisions to the constitution that were expected to narrow MP immunity and extend the competencies of the Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ). Instead they moved the issue to the upcoming meeting of the senior political ruling body, the Coalition Board.

The move was proposed by the Hungarian Coalition Party's Pál Csáky, the Deputy Prime Minister for EU Affairs and Human Rights, who argued that the revisions lack the necessary support, the Hospodárske noviny business daily reported.

In order to pass changes to constitutional laws, as many as 90 MPs must vote for the proposals, while the ruling coalition currently only has 68 mandates.

The revisions were submitted by Justice Minister Daniel
Lipšic, who argues that these changes are in line with the cabinet's programme.

Csáky insists, however, that before the revisions are put to parliament, the necessary political backing should be found.

"We cannot be doing politics just to make opinions visible. I think we should do realistic politics," Csáky told journalists after the March 30 cabinet meeting.

Similar changes were already proposed to the parliament once in the past but MPs rejected them.

The Coalition Board will discuss the issue at its meeting next week.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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