The unobstructed secret vote on the general prosecutor called for by Prime Minister Iveta Radičová (Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ)) represents a from of political suicide, independent MP Igor Matovič said on Tuesday, May 3, as reported by the TASR newswire.
Matovič said he would happily agree to the vote being obstructed. "It's a normal, regular form of voting process," he stressed, adding that the final say is down to the prime minister. Matovič fears that Dobroslav Trnka, who is being backed by the opposition, will be re-selected as general prosecutor. "I, for one, think that, since we can't count on the character of six – still anonymous – MPs who previously voted for Trnka rather than a coalition candidate and who, in my opinion, were bought off, there is a really high risk of Trnka being elected," said Matovič. Radičová has stated several times that if Trnka is re-selected as general prosecutor, she will resign.
Most-Híd caucus chairman László Solymos doesn't expect the government to fall after the May 17 vote. He denied that the coalition would plan any 'oversight' of how MPs vote – as was the case last year when MPs took photos of their ballots using mobile phones, and when the practice of ‘pairing’ during the casting of ballots was also employed – or obstruction, which occurred when coalition MPs retained their ballots rather than casting them. He said Most-Híd’s MPs would participate normally in the vote. Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) caucus chairman Jozef Kollár also confirmed that no steps aimed at obstructing the vote are being planned by the coalition.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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4. May 2011 at 10:00