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Opposition: Paška will be next

AS SOON as the current extraordinary parliamentary session to dismiss Prime Minister Robert Fico ends, the opposition wants to convene another one that will be designed to oust Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška, the TASR newswire reported on November 9.

AS SOON as the current extraordinary parliamentary session to dismiss Prime Minister Robert Fico ends, the opposition wants to convene another one that will be designed to oust Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška, the TASR newswire reported on November 9.

Independent MP and NOVA chairman Daniel Lipšic announced the intent to convene another extraordinary session in the Parliament, but no official petition has been submitted yet. According to representatives of opposition parties Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO), Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) and NOVA, the petition has been signed by 44 MPs from all opposition caucuses.

According to the Opposition, the reason behind the initiative is the fact that Paška is really the main person behind the dubious purchase of an overpriced CT scanner in Piešťany Hospital of Alexander Winter. Health Minister Zuzana Zvolenská and Deputy Speaker of Parliament Renáta Zmajkovičová, who served as chair of the hospital’s supervisory board left their posts due to the case. Director of the Alexander Winter Hospital in Piešťany Mária Domčeková called on the company Medical Group to cancel the contract on the supply of a CT apparatus, according to the SITA newswire.

“It’s well documented that Paška is involved in the health-care business,” Lipšic said, as quoted by TASR. “The companies that own Medical Group have their registered offices at the same addresses as companies owned by Smer’s sponsors [Juraj] Široký and [Jozef] Brhel, while representatives of the companies serve as Health Ministry nominees at state-run hospitals, and the profits of Medical Group reflect the terms in office of Prime Minister Robert Fico’s governments.”

Lipšic pointed out that Medical Group has relocated from Cyprus to Belize, while noting that Cyprus, unlike Belize, has now begun providing other countries with information on who garners profits from individual companies.

“That’s why it was necessary to relocate the firm to Belize,” said Lipšic, as quoted by TASR. “There is much indirect evidence that makes up an uninterrupted chain leading in one direction, and that is to Pavol Paška,” said Lipšic, adding that Paška is the main figure behind the Piešťany hospital scandal.

In response, Paška said on November 6 that he’s never engaged in activities in so-called tax havens and has never secretly owned companies in them or received profits from them. Paška intends to file a criminal complaint against Lipšic and other opposition representatives for slander.

Source: Sme, TASR

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