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KDH proposes parliamentary session to oust Slovak Justice Minister

The presidium of the opposition Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) decided on September 26 that the party will propose summoning an extraordinary parliamentary session for a no-confidence vote in Justice Minister Viera Petríková (a nominee of the Movement for the Democratic Slovakia, HZDS), the TASR was told.

The presidium of the opposition Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) decided on September 26 that the party will propose summoning an extraordinary parliamentary session for a no-confidence vote in Justice Minister Viera Petríková (a nominee of the Movement for the Democratic Slovakia, HZDS), the TASR was told.

The decision is a result of the recent disciplinary proceedings launched against judges who have voiced their concern about the state of the judiciary in Slovakia, said KDH spokesman Martin Krajčovič.

He said that criminal courts have recently made numerous unlawful decisions, with the Justice Ministry failing to respond to these rulings by adopting extraordinary remedial measures. According to KDH, the disciplinary action that has been launched against some judges is reminiscent of Communist times.

The signatures of 30 MPs are needed for summoning an extraordinary parliamentary session. KDH, which only has nine legislators, will therefore have to bank on support from other opposition parties. The Slovak Democratic and Christian Union’s (SDKÚ) MP and former justice minister Lucia Žitňanská confirmed that KDH has already requested support from her party for the initiative.

“I can say that I will propose that SDKÚ provides the signatures needed,” she said.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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