The Slovak cabinet at its meeting on Thursday morning, October 13, approved a proposal for an early parliamentary election to be held on March 10, 2012, the SITA newswire reported.
Three parties of the former governing coalition – the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and Most-Híd – had agreed on the date on Wednesday evening and the cabinet session held today approved the proposal to cut short the current election term.
The proposal is expected to be passed by parliament later on Thursday with a constitutional majority of at least 90 MPs.
The chairman of the opposition Smer party, Robert Fico, had conditioned his party’s support for the European Financial Support Facility (EFSF) to approval of an early parliamentary election.
The failure to pass the EFSF legislation led to the fall of the government of Prime Minister Iveta Radičová on October 11 as that vote was linked with a no-confidence vote in the government.
MPs from the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party, a member of the four-party coalition government, did not vote for the changes in the EFSF.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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13. Oct 2011 at 14:00