Ordinary People and Independent Personalities-OĽaNO MP Jozef Viskupič has gathered a sufficient number - at least 30 – MP signatures to call a parliamentary session where a proposal to oust Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška could be debated.
Viskupič has launched his initiative over Paška’s recent move to restrict the access of journalists to some of parliament’s premises, the TASR newswire wrote on January 29. Earlier in the week, only 27 MPs voted in favour of discussing Viskupič's proposal, hence his signature-collecting initiative. Viskupič said that he has not as yet submitted the respective sheets with MP signatures - which would oblige Paška to call the extraordinary session within seven days - because he’s awaiting a statement from the Parliamentary Office head Daniel Guspan regarding the controversial measures.
According to Viskupič, opposition parties and Paška have debated the latter’s measures and Paska has no intention of backtracking on them. OĽaNO takes exception especially to the restriction of the access of journalists to some of parliament’s premises. Also under the series of new regulations announced last week, journalists will not be able to attend sessions of individual parliamentary committees unless accompanied by security guards; taking pictures and/or filming of private documents on the desks of MPs will be also banned.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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30. Jan 2014 at 10:00