President Ivan Gašparovič signed a law on October 17 that shortens the current electoral term by more than two years, with a new parliamentary election scheduled for March 10, 2012, the TASR newswire reported.
The early election was approved on October 13 with a majority of 143 MPs with only Civic Conservative Party (OKS) lawmakers Peter Zajac, Ondrej Dostál and Peter Osuský voting against the end of the current electoral term. TASR wrote that the fourth OKS MP, František Šebej, had left the faction but has remained in the Most-Híd caucus. SaS head Richard Sulík, SaS MP Natália Blahová, SNS chair Ján Slota and Smer MP Ľubomír Vážny did not attend the vote.
The decision on an early election was made during discussions between the three governing parties that supported the EFSF modifications, the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), the Christian-Democratic Movement (KDH) and Most-Híd along with the largest parliamentary party, Smer, after the government fell on October 11 over the vote on the eurozone bailout mechanism.
The head of Smer, Robert Fico, conditioned his party’s support for the EFSF with an early election. Slovakia has had two previous early elections in 1994 and 2006.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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18. Oct 2011 at 10:00