Parliamentary deputy Igor Matovič of the four-member Ordinary People faction (part of the SaS caucus) has said he will vote for an amendment to the State Citizenship Act submitted to parliament by opposition Smer MPs. His defection and those of his three fellow faction members would deprive the coalition of its majority in parliament.
Matovič explained that his move was designed to encourage the coalition to discuss alternatives to the current citizenship law with him. The amendment drafted by Smer enables Slovak citizens to acquire the citizenship of any country where they have been registered as resident for at least six months.
Matovič claimed that the loyalty of Slovak-Hungarians towards Slovakia is weakening, and put this down to the prominence of Slovak National Party (SNS) leader Ján Slota, who had labelled Slovak-Hungarians ‘inferior citizens’.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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3. Feb 2011 at 14:00