Opposition Smer party said on Monday, October 18, that it will not back two pieces of legislation proposed by the governing coalition that are due to be debated in Parliament later this month, the TASR newswire wrote.
Smer, the largest opposition party in parliament, announced that it is opposed to an amendment to the Judges Act that was drafted by the Justice Ministry that would fill court vacancies in the future solely via a special selection commission.
The bill would effectively remove the 120 judges-in-waiting approved for judge’s positions between 2006-2010 under the Smer-led government, said party chairman and former prime minister Robert Fico. Fico added that the measure is unfounded and is aimed at bringing down Supreme Court Chairman Štefan Harabin.
According to the current government, Harabin along with his successor Viera Petríková – when they were justice ministers – handpicked judges-in-waiting in order to form the basis of a so-called Harabin-Petríková justice system, TASR wrote.
Smer also objected to an amendment to the State Language Act which is due to be debated in parliament this week. "Everyone has recognised the pertinent law, which came into effect in September of last year, as being in order. Why the move backwards then?" asked Fico, as quoted by TASR.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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19. Oct 2010 at 10:00