The three remaining members of parliament from the Civic Conservative Party (OKS), elected on the Most-Híd slate in 2010, will not support any government that includes Smer party or a government established with that party’s support, the SITA newswire reported.
"We pledged to support the government of Iveta Radičová which no longer exists in its original form. We are one hundred percent sure that we will by no means back a government with Robert Fico," said OKS chairman Peter Zajac to SITA, adding that a minority government with Fico's backing would be hostage to Smer.
"Such an alternative is unacceptable for us," Zajac stated, adding that OKS is now excluded from the decision-making process and must wait to see how the situation develops. OKS MPs Peter Zajac, Ondrej Dostál and Peter Osuský did not vote to approve the EFSF mechanism, along with MPs from Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party, on October 11 but Zajac said their votes did not cause the collapse of the Radičová government but only demonstrated their stance on the bailout fund.
The fourth MP from OKS elected in 2010, František Šebej, who voted for the enhancement of the EFSF, resigned his membership in the party. "I did it due to essential differences in opinions on some issues, for instance the bailout fund", Šebej told SITA, adding that he will continue to be member of the Most-Híd caucus in parliament.
"I am extremely sorry that Frantisek Sebej decided to leave the party because we have been in the same political camp since 1989. I regret this in both a personal and political view but I have to respect his decision," OKS head Peter Zajac said in response to Šebej's resignation, adding that OKS will discuss the new political situation at the party's republican council meeting next week.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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13. Oct 2011 at 14:00