Prime Minister Robert Fico survived a non-confidence motion initiated by the opposition on December 6.
The proposal for a no-confidence vote against Fico was submitted by the SDKÚ, the ethnic-Hungarian SMK and the KDH on Wednesday morning. They wanted Fico fired over murky land-restitution procedures at the Slovak Land Fund and his relucatnce to prove that his purchase of an apartment in Bratislava for his mother was legal and above board.
Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška scheduled the special session of parliament on the evening of Thursday, December 6. Opposition MPs left the House to protest the session taking place at night. So Fico had the support of 78 coalition MPs, out of 79 present in the House.
The opposition says it will re-launch the no-confidence motion in January.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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7. Dec 2007 at 7:00