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Coalition leaders head off dispute between SaS and KDH

Leaders of the coalition parties headed off a potential crisis between the Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) and the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and on the evening of July 1 the two parties had clarified their positions regarding a certain piece of legislation, the SITA newswire reported.

Leaders of the coalition parties headed off a potential crisis between the Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) and the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and on the evening of July 1 the two parties had clarified their positions regarding a certain piece of legislation, the SITA newswire reported.

SaS leader and Speaker of Parliament Richard Sulík apologised to the KDH chairman and Transport Minister Ján Figeľ for botched voting when seven SaS MPs failed to support Figeľ’s revision to the Construction Law that would have increased fines for illegal construction projects.

“I have accepted the explanation as well as the apology and even the assurance that we will abide by the rules and coalition agreements,” Figeľ told the SITA newswire following the meeting of the Coalition Council. Sulík assured Figeľ that the entire SaS deputy caucus will back the revision in the next vote. He did not tell reporters whether the botched voting was a mistake or a signal of disapproval of some moves made by KDH.

“I do not see the slightest reason to comment on this,” the Speaker of the Parliament responded.

Prime Minister Iveta Radičová stated that conflicts occur now and then in a coalition government, SITA wrote, but that she is convinced that the ties in the coalition are firmly rooted and will not be shattered, adding that a spark of love as well as a spark of tension is possible among partners with good relationships.

Radičová commented that the coalition will experience a difficult year with reforms of the tax and levy system and the labour market, employment increase and a gradual increase of real wages high on the agenda, saying that the coalition will back the solutions cohesively in the cabinet as well as in the parliament.

However, the coalition parties have not achieved accord on an EU loan to Greece. Sulík admitted that the parties need to strive for an agreement because their opinions are different. Radičová asserted that neither the government nor parliament would pass any unpremeditated solution that would harm Slovak citizens.

Another coalition sore point, choosing a chair of the National Security Authority, remains unresolved. Sulík said, as reported by the TASR newswire, that this issue will not be discussed before the next coalition session planned for September 6, so the incumbent NBÚ head, František Blanárik, will remain in his post. In March Blanárik announced his resignation but SaS, which has the right to nominate a candidate for this post, has failed to get several of its nominees approved by its coalition partners.

Source: SITA, TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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