Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Coalition counting the power of ANO

COALITION members are speculating how many votes they can count on in parliament now that the New Citizen’s Alliance (ANO) is divided over the dismissal of party boss Pavol Rusko as the Economy Minister, the daily SME wrote.

Preliminary figures suggest that of 11 ANO MPs, only three support Rusko. The remaining eight have pledged loyalty to the ruling coalition. Theoretically, the government could still function with reduced support by continuing to rely on votes from independent MPs.

Everything will be clearer when the parliament meets for its next session September 12.

On Saturday, August 27, the ANO will meet to discuss its future.

Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda has yet to react officially to Rusko’s demand that the ruling coalition withdraw the ANO ministers of culture and health, František Tóth and Rudolf Zajac, respectively.

Zajac and Tóth both sided with Rusko’s opponents in an affair that led to his dismissal from the Economy Ministry. Unofficially, the PM suggested that he would not recall the ministers.

Based on a coalition agreement signed by all ruling parties before the start of their term, the ANO has the right to decide which ANO members head the Culture and Health Ministries.

According to the chairman of the ruling Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK), Bela Bugár, Dzurinda should wait to make a decision until Rusko’s influence over ANO members in parliament becomes clear. If only three of four ANO members choose to support Rusko, then the former economy minister will not be in a position to demand the replacement of the ministers.

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

Top stories

Third anti-corruption march drew thousands Photo

The only demand that has been met to date is the abrogation of Vladimír Mečiar’s amnesties by parliament.

The anti-corruption march

Ballet legend Sergei Polunin will be guest of SND

The world-renowned personality of contemporary ballet will present two choreographies at the Slovak National Theatre in September.

Sergei Polunin

Voters don’t understand self-governing regions

Rules for regional elections change, which may bring some surprising victories.

One of the biggest fights is expected in Banská Bystrica Region.

Sagan rewrites history Video

Cyclist Peter Sagan becomes the first man to win three consecutive world championships. He allegedly did not expect it and was easy with the idea he would not win.