The Parliamentary Committee for Human Rights and Minorities did not approve the government programme on Tuesday, August 3, because too few coalition MPs were in attendance. Committee member and Most-Híd MP Peter Zajac attempted to have the vote postponed after the programme was submitted by Deputy Premier Rudolf Chmel (also Most-Híd), but committee chair Anna Belousovová (Slovak National Party) had already initiated a vote.
“There are more committees in session right now, with some coalition MPs being part of them. I proposed that we waited before voting, as some MPs were absent through no fault of their own. This didn't happen, however. Maybe this will characterise the work of this particular committee,” Zajac said, as reported by the TASR newswire.
In view of the situation, the four coalition MPs present abstained from voting. Despite harbouring their own objections to the government programme, the opposition representatives did not make any speeches at the committee session. “For the Smer party, it’s the parliamentary session that matters most, and that’s the place for us to present all of our stances,” said Smer MP and former speaker of parliament Pavol Paška. Referring to the absent coalition MPs, Paška said that the coalition needs to learn the procedures and read the parliamentary code. “They should stop thinking that emotions are the most important thing resonating in this country.”
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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4. Aug 2010 at 10:00