Referendum 2009 organizers accuse Paška of preferring party over people

The recently-founded Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) has accused Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška (Smer) of putting party interests before those of normal citizens, wrote the TASR newswire.

The recently-founded Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) has accused Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška (Smer) of putting party interests before those of normal citizens, wrote the TASR newswire.

SaS’ denouncement was in response to Paška describing their Referendum 2009 as “political speculation” and “an attempt to attract attention.”

SaS announced on January 28 that last year they managed to collect the 350,000 signatures needed to submit the referendum to President Ivan Gašparovič, under whose authority plebiscites fall.

In the referendum, SaS seeks to have popular votes on six points, including scrapping television and radio concessionary fees, curtailing MP immunity, downsizing the parliament from 150 to only 100 seats, setting a maximum purchasing price on cars for government officials, allowing voting over the internet and removing the Right to Reply that was introduced into the Press Code in 2008. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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