Parliament's constitutional committee recommended on Wednesday, May 4, that parliament pass, for the second time, an amendment to its Rules of Procedure designed to change the method used to select the country’s general prosecutor from a secret to a public vote. Parliament’s approval would override the president's veto. The seven coalition members of the committee voted to reject President Ivan Gašparovič's objections to the legislation.
On the other hand, five Smer MPs on the committee backed the president's stance. Among other issues, President Gašparovič asserted that changing the voting method shortly before the vote itself would be inappropriate and not democratic. However, committee chairman Radoslav Procházka (Christian Democratic Movement (KDH)) said that the amendment doesn't change the rules during the vote but rather with respect to the future. "I don't understand the criterion of shortly or not shortly before the vote. There is no such thing in law," he said, as quoted by the TASR newswire
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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5. May 2011 at 10:00