The discussions between the chairs of all parliamentary parties with Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič held at the Presidential Palace on October 17 did not reach a conclusion on the shape of a temporary government between now and the early parliamentary election scheduled for March 10, 2012. Gašparovič announced that another meeting would be held to tackle the issue on Thursday evening, October 20, the TASR newswire wrote.
On October 16 the president indicated he will dismiss Iveta Radičová's government after the no-confidence vote held on October 11. The date of this dismissal, however, has not been decided. The new government – even though it will be a temporary one – will be obliged to prepare a government programme statement and ask parliament to back it, TASR wrote.
The three parties that remain in the coalition after Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party was ousted, the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and Most-Híd, along with the largest opposition party, Smer, claim that such a procedure is not viable because the temporary government will be in office less than five months before the early election.
SaS has announced that it will not back the government of its three former coalition partners while Smer has said that it does not object to the current government serving out its shortened term.
Speculation emerged in the media on October 17 that Gašparovič wants to arrange for SaS to remain in the government as this would ensure parliamentary support for the existing cabinet without the necessity of having support from Smer.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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18. Oct 2011 at 10:00