Richard Sulík, leader of the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party, was dismissed on Thursday, October 13, from the post of speaker of parliament, with 115 lawmakers voting in favour of his dismissal. At least 76 votes were needed for the proposal to be passed.
Sulík's dismissal was proposed by his former coalition partners, the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and Most-Híd. Prime Minister Iveta Radičová (SDKÚ) had called for Sulík to resign after the fall of her government on Tuesday night was precipitated by SaS' decision not to vote for the enlargement of the EFSF in a confidence vote in parliament, the TASR newswire wrote.
Sulík was replaced in the post of parliamentary speaker by Pavol Hrušovský (KDH). Sulík said he accepted Thursday's decision. "It's a price to pay for my principled stance [on the EFSF] that I'm willing to pay any time," he said after the dismissal vote.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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14. Oct 2011 at 10:00