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Speaker gets more powers

THE SPEAKER of parliament, a position currently held by Smer’s Pavol Paška, will be able to propose that new agenda items be added to the programme of an ongoing session of the parliament. This is one of the new powers that the speaker will get following an amendment to the rules of parliament passed by MPs on October 29, the SITA newswire reported.

THE SPEAKER of parliament, a position currently held by Smer’s Pavol Paška, will be able to propose that new agenda items be added to the programme of an ongoing session of the parliament. This is one of the new powers that the speaker will get following an amendment to the rules of parliament passed by MPs on October 29, the SITA newswire reported.

The amendment was authored by Smer MPs Róbert Madej, Jana Laššáková, and Renáta Zmajkovičová, who wanted to change the fact that even with its current majority, Smer is not able to request that a new issue be added to the programme of an ongoing session, since the rules require three parliamentary caucuses (i.e. three parties) to support such a request, SITA wrote.

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