Former defence minister and current MP Ľubomír Galko (Freedom and Solidarity [SaS]) has collected the 30 signatures required to summon an extraordinary session of parliament to remove current Defence Minister Martin Glváč (Smer). However, the session will take place no sooner than in August, as many supporters of the recall are now on holiday. Galko plans to coordinate the next steps with all of them.
The signatures that were missing so far were offered by the independent MPs grouped in the Nová Väčšina Dohoda (NOVA) movement. Head of NOVA Daniel Lipšic told the TASR newswire that organising a special session is the only way to bring the suspicions of embezzlement in the former military intelligence (allegedly involving people in the leadership of the current military intelligence) to be discussed in parliament.
SaS welcomed NOVA’s decision. “I will coordinate the summoning of the extraordinary session of parliament with MPs from Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO), NOVA and Zsolt Simon (of Most-Híd), i.e. those who consider – just like us – recalling minister Glváč an absolutely adequate reaction to his failings in the scandal surrounding the embezzlement of military secret services,” Galko said. He had been collecting signatures since early June but did not have enough of them – especially since members of the rightist People’s Platform (uniting the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union [SDKÚ], Christian-Democratic Movement [KDH], and Most-Híd, excluding Simon) refused to sign his petition requiring the special session. They claimed that they had not yet exhausted all the options on the table, and pushed for a session to discuss the embezzlement instead of an attempt to remove Glváč. Such a discussion took place recently, but it yielded few results, with Galko calling it meek and insisting on the recall of Glváč.
"SaS is well aware that it doesn’t have enough votes to remove the minister – but it is also well aware that the right steps at the right moment have social importance that cannot be ignored,” the party announced. “Evil cannot go unpunished; raw deals cannot go unnoticed and swept under the rug,” they added. SaS claims that Glváč is justifiably suspected of having covered up embezzlement at the military intelligence services.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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9. Jul 2013 at 14:00