The leaders of the one of the junior coalition partners in the Slovak government, the Slovak National Party (SNS), have filed a motion with the country’s General Prosecutor’s Office seeking to have another parliamentary party, the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK), disbanded.
SNS chairman Ján Slota, vice-chair Anna Belousovová and MP Rudolf Pučík filed the motion seeking dissolution of the SMK, which represents mainly Hungarian-speaking Slovaks, on October 7, SNS spokesperson Jana Benková announced. She said that the three MPs expect the prosecutor to recommend that the SMK’s elected representatives be required to relinquish their mandates on account of serious breaches of their MPs' pledge.
The SNS objects to the attendance by SMK MPs at a September session of the Forum of MPs of the Carpathian Basin, a body which falls within the institutional framework of Hungary’s parliament. According to SNS, what was once "a consulting body of parliamentary discussion" has become an institution funded from the Hungarian Parliament's budget and is involved in the creation of Hungarian legislation and foreign policy. "The Forum sets up a sort of link between Hungary and elected representatives of other countries on an ethnic basis, whereby the official representatives of other countries are politically answerable to Hungary," Benková added.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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8. Oct 2009 at 10:00