Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

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.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Heavy rains flood the Tatras Video

People had to be evacuated and several hiking routes had to be closed.

Stará Lesná

Trump plays with the world like a spoiled child

The White House is now broadcasting its most spectacular soap opera, beating and overcoming those of sundry leaders from different continents and different times.

Donald Trump

Last Week in Slovakia: People marched for LGBTI rights in Bratislava Audio

Listen to all the headlines from The Slovak Spectator's news podcast.

Rainbow Pride in Bratislava

Government has no plans to officially commemorate the victims of the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia

Presidents of the Slovak and Czech Republics will take a train ride to mark the founding of the Czechoslovak State.

Law Faculty of Comenius University in Šafárikovo Square, where the civilian killings by foreign armies on August 21, 1968, were most concentrated.