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Fico to become deputy speaker

Outgoing Prime Minister Robert Fico is the Smer party’s nominee for the post of deputy speaker of parliament, the TASR newswire reported, citing comments by Fico himself, on Wednesday, July 7.

Outgoing Prime Minister Robert Fico is the Smer party’s nominee for the post of deputy speaker of parliament, the TASR newswire reported, citing comments by Fico himself, on Wednesday, July 7.

Smer, of which Fico is also the chairman, is the largest party in parliament. But the 62 seats (out of 150 in parliament) that the party won at the June 12 general election were insufficient to allow it to form a government and it will now make up the bulk of the parliamentary opposition.

Smer has said it will also propose a candidate for the post of speaker, though this appears certain to go to Richard Sulík, the leader of Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), the second-largest party in the new governing coalition. Former deputy speaker of parliament Miroslav Číž is expected to be Smer’s nominee for the speaker role.

The current speaker of parliament, Pavol Paška, will now lead the Smer parliamentary caucus (the vice-chairs will be Jana Laššáková, Miroslav Číž and Ján Richter).

Smer also announced its nominees for the heads of eight out of the nine parliamentary committees to which the opposition is entitled: the head of the Conflict of Interest Committee will be Renáta Zmajkovičová; the head of the Public Administration and Regional Development Committee should be Igor Choma; Education, Science, Sport and Youth should be presided over by Dušan Čaplovič; and the Committee for Culture and Media Communication by Dušan Jarjabek.

The chair of the Special Oversight Committee for the National Security Office (NBÚ) should be Marián Salon, while Robert Kaliňák is the party's nominee to chair the Special Oversight Committee for the Slovak Information Service (SIS), which is the country’s secret intelligence service. Chairing the Special Oversight Committee for Military Intelligence should be Peter Žiga. Finally, Jana Laššáková should head the Committee for Inspection of NBÚ Decisions.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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