An insufficient number of MPs present at the session held on Friday, February 1, prompted deputy speaker of parliament Ján Figeľ to wrap up the parliamentary debate for this week earlier than planned, the TASR newswire reported.
The authors of legislative proposals that were scheduled to be presented to parliament did not appear in the chamber, either. MPs for the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) proposed that these people should be punished by postponing the debate on their bills to as late as March.
Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška (Smer) subsequently called on those who did not turn up for the session to prepare apology cards by February 5, when a parliamentary committee will deal with the matter.
It is quite usual for only a few MPs to appear in parliament on Fridays, but this time the temptation to abscond was boosted by the fact that no voting was set to take place, TASR wrote.
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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4. Feb 2013 at 14:00