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Seats empty for MP immunity vote

A bill that would repeal immunity for members of parliament has stalled after attempts to hold a vote were repeatedly thwarted by low attendance, the SITA newswire wrote.

A bill that would repeal immunity for members of parliament has stalled after attempts to hold a vote were repeatedly thwarted by low attendance, the SITA newswire wrote.

Parliament took a stab at a vote on April 4, but to no avail. Therefore, Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška (Smer) postponed the vote until April 7, but that vote failed as well.

The bill, which was introduced by Paška, requires 90 votes in 150-member parliament to pass. The ruling coalition has 85 votes.

Paška tried in February to curb MPs’ immunity from misdemeanors, but was abandoned by fellow governing coalition MPs, who supported a proposal that required him to rework the bill.

The opposition has been divided on the issue.

The KDH stated last week it would support the current bill, though its deputy chairman Daniel Lipšic expressed disappointment that it is not as far-reaching as Paška had previously intended.

And Mikuláš Dzurinda's SDKÚ-DS stated last week that it would stand against the bill. Party member Milan Hort called it a threat to democracy and an attempt to intimidate the opposition. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports

The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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