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Slovak MPs will retain full immunity following proposal’s withdrawal

Mandate and Immunity Parliamentary Committee chair Renáta Zmajkovičová (Smer) has withdrawn her proposal to restrict MPs' immunity, Parliament’s deputy chairman Miroslav Číž (Smer) said on Tuesday, December 8.

Mandate and Immunity Parliamentary Committee chair Renáta Zmajkovičová (Smer) has withdrawn her proposal to restrict MPs' immunity, Parliament’s deputy chairman Miroslav Číž (Smer) said on Tuesday, December 8.

The proposed legislation was supposed to remove the need for parliament's approval before a criminal prosecution can proceed against an MP. The proposal would have limited the current, broadly-applied immunity, protecting MPs only in the conduct of their parliamentary activities – including trips to and from Parliament sessions.

The proposal didn't have clear support from either governing coalition or opposition parties, the TASR newswire was told by Zmajkovičová. She said that amendments involving the constitution are difficult to promote towards the end of a parliamentary term (a general election is due by June 2010), adding that Most-Híd MP Gábor Gál's proposal on conflicts of interest met the same fate.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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