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Opposition plans demonstrations against abolition of Special Court

Representatives of the opposition parties want to submit a proposal for a constitutional law to re-establish the Special Court, which was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court on May 20, the chairman of the Christian Democrat (KDH) party, Pavol Hrusovsky, said at a press conference on May 21, the TASR newswire wrote.

Representatives of the opposition parties want to submit a proposal for a constitutional law to re-establish the Special Court, which was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court on May 20, the chairman of the Christian Democrat (KDH) party, Pavol Hrusovsky, said at a press conference on May 21, the TASR newswire wrote.

SDKU leader Mikulas Dzurinda also announced that the opposition parties plan to organise demonstrations to protest against the Constitutional Court's verdict and to demand a “change in the current trend of clearly favouring financial groups, mafiosos and extortionists”. The demonstrations should take place in Bratislava and Kosice on Wednesday, May 27.

Dzurinda also rejected Premier Robert Fico's claims that the current opposition is to blame for the ruling because it didn't establish the Special Court up in line with the Constitution when in power.

“The voting of the Constitutional Judges was 7 to 6, therefore the voting of seven judges was the personal failure of those seven,” he said, adding that that the governing coalition changed nine out of the 13 Constitutional Judges before initiating the vote.

Hrusovsky added that the opposition parties want to hold talks with Smer chairman Fico on this issue since the abolition of the Special Court was mainly supported by the HZDS and the Slovak National Party/SNS.

“We're aware of the fact that we need 90 votes (the number required for a Constitutional Law). The fight against clientelism cannot be an opposition-coalition argument,” he claimed. TASR

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