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Minárik stays in post following Mečiar no-show

The leader of one of the governing coalition parties, the HZDS’s Vladimír Mečiar, failed to show up in parliament on Thursday morning, July 3. As a result, discussion of a proposal by Mečiar to dismiss opposition MP Pavol Minárik as chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Media, did not take place, the SITA newswire reported. Mečiar initiated the debate two weeks ago, demanding Minárik's departure from the post on the grounds that he is not a member of a parliamentary party. Minárik left the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) a few months ago. He and three other former KDH deputies are in the process of establishing a new group, the Conservative Democrats of Slovakia, but it has not yet been registered as a political party. The KDH, however, said it would not object to Minárik remaining in the post.

The leader of one of the governing coalition parties, the HZDS’s Vladimír Mečiar, failed to show up in parliament on Thursday morning, July 3. As a result, discussion of a proposal by Mečiar to dismiss opposition MP Pavol Minárik as chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Media, did not take place, the SITA newswire reported. Mečiar initiated the debate two weeks ago, demanding Minárik's departure from the post on the grounds that he is not a member of a parliamentary party. Minárik left the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) a few months ago. He and three other former KDH deputies are in the process of establishing a new group, the Conservative Democrats of Slovakia, but it has not yet been registered as a political party. The KDH, however, said it would not object to Minárik remaining in the post.

Also on July 3, deputies discussed – behind closed doors - a report on fulfilling military intelligence tasks and an annual report on trading in military materiél for the year 2007. Parliament will now debate the new traffic bill proposed by the Interior Ministry, headed by Robert Kaliňák. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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