Parliament, in a public vote on December 4, dismissed Branislav Máčaj, chairman of the Telecommunications Office, at the behest of the government. Out of 133 MPs in attendance, 75 voted in favour of Máčaj's dismissal, while 55 were against and three MPs abstained from the vote. All coalition MPs in attendance voted for Máčaj's dismissal, while opposition MPs were against and three independent MPs abstained. Originally, the vote on the Telecommunications Office chairman was to be secret, but upon the proposal by Smer-SD MP Peter Pelegrini, the vote was public.
A proposal by opposition KDH vice-chairman Daniel Lipšic that Máčaj should be given the chance to speak before parliament was supported by only 53 out of 129 present MPs.
According to Transport, Telecommunications and Posts Minister Ľubomír Vážny (Smer-SD), the reason for dismissing him is his unwillingness to comply with the strategy for the transition analogue to digital broadcasting. But the opposition says the real reason for his dismissal is the interest of financial groups to break into the process of digitalisation and, in particular, in public procurement for the operator of regular broadcasting DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting-Terrestrial). TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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5. Dec 2008 at 12:30