MP Igor Matovič, from the Ordinary People faction of Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), launched a verbal attack on Robert Fico, the leader of the Smer opposition party and former prime minister, during an extraordinary session of parliament on Thursday, December 16, calling him a crook and likening his practices to those of Stalin and Hitler.
"In what way is he different from Stalin or Hitler? Weren't they using the same brainwashing methods? Weren't they abusing the blind trust of their sheep to twist facts? They used and abused just like this crook of ours," said Matovič, as quoted by the TASR newswire, adding that he is not ashamed of his diatribe against the former Slovak premier.
"You're a jerk and a liar," Smer MP Peter Suča said in reaction. "You've disgraced the status of an MP today in a way the history of this parliament has never seen before," Smer MP Pavol Goga told Matovič.
The verbal shoot-out, with insults flying from all directions, was disrupted by deputy speaker of parliament Béla Bugár (Most-Híd), who was presiding over the session. "Please, this is the last session before Christmas, let's act in a civil way, like people," he urged the MPs involved.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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17. Dec 2010 at 10:00