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Paška requested to combine votes

Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška (the Smer-SD) has already received a request from the Government to combine a vote on the 2008 state budget with one on confidence in the Government, it was reported on December 4. The Government agreed to this move at an extraordinary meeting on Friday, November 30. The proposal was discussed by parliamentary committees, the voting due took place on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

The joint vote is the Government's reaction to the recent coalition crisis, which in particular involved a row between the ĽS-HZDS and Smer-SD. The third coalition partner, the SNS, stayed out of the conflict.

Slovak PM and Smer chairman Robert Fico has no doubts that the voting will be a success for the Government. Fico is due to face another important vote, as the Opposition intends to submit a request for a vote of no-confidence in the premier. SDKÚ-DS chairman Mikuláš Dzurinda thinks that the Coalition should continue in its present form, but that a change of premier is necessary. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports

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