A majority of coalition and opposition MPs at an ongoing parliamentary session voted on December 8 in favour of adjourning their own proposals until parliament's next session, a move that has now been applied for the fourth time. Their decision did not go down well with some legislators, the TASR newswire reported.
"I have the right to submit laws," argued the leader of the Ordinary People grouping, Igor Matovič, before the vote. When Matovič then went on to whistle in protest after the vote had taken place, he was instructed by Most-Híd chairman Béla Bugár to go to the pub instead; he was also scolded by Speaker of Parliament and chairman of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) parliamentary caucus Pavol Hrušovský. Some other lawmakers followed Matovič's lead, however. KDH MP Radoslav Procházka insisted that an amendment to the Hunting Act should remain on the current session's agenda. Richard Sulík and Martin Chren from Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) wanted a proposal to abolish MPs' immunity from prosecution for misdemeanours to be discussed. Sulík stressed that the coalition had agreed to pass the initiative, albeit before the government fell and was replaced by the current interim administration.
The urgent need to pass a law that would ensure the increase in doctors' salaries promised by the government in order to end the recent doctors' protest is partly what prompted four parliamentary parties to vote in favour of adjourning parliamentary debate on all other MPs' bills until the next session, said opposition Smer party chairman Robert Fico. He added that the issue is urgent, as the pay rise had to be implemented as of January 1. The adjournment of the debate on some laws was okayed by a majority, and the minority needs to accept this, Fico opined.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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9. Dec 2011 at 10:00