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Vladimír Mečiar: SMK attempt to oust Fico doomed from the start

The chairman of governing coalition party the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), Vladimír Mečiar, on June 16 dismissed a proposal by the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) to initiate a special parliamentary session with a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Robert Fico on the agenda.

The chairman of governing coalition party the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), Vladimír Mečiar, on June 16 dismissed a proposal by the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) to initiate a special parliamentary session with a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Robert Fico on the agenda.

Mečiar noted that the party only has 15 votes and could only muster 53 votes among the whole opposition, while 76 votes would be necessary to dismiss Fico.

“In addition, it isn't even on parliament's schedule yet. As far as the coalition is concerned, we’d all take part in an extraordinary session, but we’d all vote in favour of the PM,” said Mečiar. “The Slovak National Party (SNS) has full confidence in the Prime Minister,” added SNS chair Ján Slota, according to the TASR newswire.

According to Fico, the opposition has the right to initiate a no-confidence vote in the prime minister if it manages to collect enough signatures (30) to initiate an extraordinary session. But he said believed that SMK chairman Pal Csáky was using the move to cover up internal problems in his party.

“I think it will be wasted money. It will be a heated session about nothing at all. But, whatever ... away they go if they think that’s what has to be done,” Fico commented. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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