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Parliament squabbles over Malchárek's replacement

IT IS still unclear who will fill the parliamentary seat of Jirko Malchárek, who left parliament recently to become economy minister, the SITA news agency wrote.

A group of MPs around Ľubomír Lintner, who nominated Malchárek to the cabinet post, wants to replace him with Pavol Kuljaček from the New Citizen's Alliance (ANO). Kuljaček is loyal to Lintner's rebel platformn within the ANO.

However, Marta Dachová, who supports Pavol Rusko, leader of the now opposition ANO, wrote a letter to Speaker of Parliament Pavol Hrušovský laying claim to Malchárek's MP seat. Dachová argued that the seat belongs to her according to the results of the 2002 parliamentary elections. However, she renounced her claim to the parliamentary post a few months ago, allowing Stanislav Kropilák to join parliament in her place.

Michal Horváth, who supports Lintner's group, also has ambitions for the parliamentary seat. He won more votes in the last election than Dachová, but he also gave up his MP's ambitions. On October 5, however, he unexpectedly said he would like to replace Malchárek.

Lintner replied that if someone gives up their claim to a mandate, it cannot be renewed. However, the ANO insists that neither Dachová nor Horváth had a mandate since they never took the MP oath, and thus could not have given it up.

Compiled by Marta Ďurianová from press reports
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