The proposal to expel the three remaining MPs from the Ordinary People faction of the Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS), Erika Jurinová, Martin Fečko, and Jozef Viskupič, from the party’s parliamentary caucus did not receive any support from other SaS members, SaS caucus chairman Jozef Kollár said on Slovak Radio's weekly politics debate show 'Sobotné Dialógy' (Saturday Dialogues) on February 12, the TASR newswire reported.
"They will stay in our caucus," he said, as quoted by TASR. Even though the governing coalition currently has only 78 votes, when the vote of independent MP Andrej Ďurkovsky is included, Kollar said he is confident that the coalition will be able to count votes from Igor Matovič who was expelled from the caucus last week.
"Because I believe that he will never vote in such a way as to contribute to the fall of this government and the return of [former prime minister Robert] Fico", he said.
Smer’s vice-chair and former culture minister Marek Maďarič said that similar crises can be expected on a frequent basis.
The SaS caucus chairman conceded that there are disputes among coalition members but said "they can be solved."
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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14. Feb 2011 at 15:00