Representatives of the four coalition parties agreed on Monday, December 6, that they will obstruct the vote to select the new general prosecutor in the Slovak parliament on Tuesday by taking away their ballot papers. They will then seek to change legislation so that most votes in parliament that are currently conducted by secret ballot will be open in the future.
"The people who voted for us have the right to know for whom they voted and for whom their MPs vote. In the case of all other laws in which billions of euros are in question or decisions about people are made, voting is open," said Richard Sulík, the chairman of the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party at a press conference after the coalition meeting.
He conceded that the third round of the vote to elect a new general prosecutor may take place in February when the term of office of the current general prosecutor, Dobroslav Trnka, will have already ended.
"This is a very important part of our discussion; everything else is derived from this key foundation. I'm convinced that we'll get through this sensitive period," said Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) chairman Mikuláš Dzurinda, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
The heads of the four coalition parties vehemently denied speculation regarding a possible attempt to reconstruct the government.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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7. Dec 2010 at 10:00