Parliament's voting on curbing MPs' and judges' immunity from prosecution has been pushed back until October, as MPs of the ruling coalition backed a proposal to this effect brought forward by MPs Juúius Brocka of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and Peter Osuský of Most-Híd party, the TASR newswire reported.
“We're to blame for preventing opposition MPs from voting,” said Brocka, referring to an incident that prompted opposition Smer MPs to boycott the parliamentary session when a coalition MP used vulgar language when speaking to an opposition MP. The incident involved Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) MP Igor Matovič and Robert Kaliňák of Smer, who became embroiled in a heated verbal exchange during the session on September 9 that nearly ended up in fisticuffs. Matovič later apologised to Kaliňák for calling him names.
According to Osuský, common sense made it clear to him that there was no point in holding a vote when the number of MPs present in the chamber would be below 90 (the number required for a constitutional amendment to be approved).
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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13. Sep 2010 at 14:00