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Cabinet backs Finance Minister Počiatek

It was not clear as of December 1 whether the opposition would attempt to oust Finance Minister Ján Počiatek. Instead, the Cabinet held its own session, at which it voiced support for the minister.

It was not clear as of December 1 whether the opposition would attempt to oust Finance Minister Ján Počiatek. Instead, the Cabinet held its own session, at which it voiced support for the minister.

Prime Minister Robert Fico said afterwards that he considered there to be no reason to sack Počiatek.

Later, it became clear that the opposition had the 36 signatures necessary to submit a no-confidence meotion, so Speaker of the Parliament Pavol Paška (SMER-SD) convened it. But upon its commencement, SDKÚ chairman Mikuláš Dzurinda announced that seven MPs had withdrawn their names from the motion, so it was closed without action. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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