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Paška’s night sessions recalls mid-1990s

In reaction to Parliamentary Chairman Pavol Paška's decision to reschedule two committee sessions for 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., opposition SDKÚ-DS chairman Mikuláš Dzurinda said “thieves like the cover of darkness”.

The parliamentary committees are supposed to deal with the opposition's request to convene a special parliamentary session aimed at launching a vote of non-confidence in PM Robert Fico.

Opposition politicians said at their common briefing on December 5 that they regard Paška's acts as against protocol, as he hasn't informed them so far of the date of the special session.

KDH chairman Pavol Hrušovský explained the situation as Fico's effort to emerge from Saturday's Smer-SD party assembly as an absolute winner. SMK chairman Pál Csáky views the current situation in the Parliament as showing contempt for the Slovak Constitution. He sent a message to coalition politicians that they should be inspired by Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, who promptly conceded after failing in a recent referendum.

"It's December 5, the budget is approved and the parliamentary term will finish soon, so there's really no reason for night meetings," said Dzurinda. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports

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