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SDKÚ joins Smer and KDH to back act on proving origin of property

A proposal for a constitutional amendment on proving the origin of property will have the support of opposition SDKÚ MPs in Parliament's first reading, SDKÚ chairman Mikuláš Dzurinda said on April 29.

A proposal for a constitutional amendment on proving the origin of property will have the support of opposition SDKÚ MPs in Parliament's first reading, SDKÚ chairman Mikuláš Dzurinda said on April 29.

"Our parliamentary caucus had a session today (Tuesday), and the outcome is clear," Dzurinda said. "We're in favour of the law, and I didn't even have to urge any of my MPs."

This was an allusion to comments by PM Robert Fico (Smer), who vowed on April 28 to "urge" his party colleagues to support the law.

According to Dzurinda, the SDKÚ party isn't looking to change the law at this point, as there will be enough time when it goes through a second reading, the TASR newswire wrote.

The draft was submitted by independent MPs Vladimír Palko and Pavol Minárik, who recently left the parliamentary caucus of the opposition KDH and set up a new party called Conservative Democrats of Slovakia (KDS). Both the governing coalition Smer party and the opposition KDH party have already pledged to back the law. This gives the draft a chance to receive the required 90 votes to pass to a second reading.

But governing coalition member the HZDS party won't support the proposal. According to the party's vice-chairman, Milan Urbáni, the approval of the proposed act would turn Slovakia into a village where people could hurl accusations at each other.

The Slovak National Party (SNS) has not stated its position yet.

Gyula Bárdos, chairman of the ethnic-Hungarian SMK party's parliamentary caucus, said that SMK MPs were unlikely to vote uniformly on the initiative. TASR

b>Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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