The ruling coalition can now rely on the votes of only 80 MPs as former Sieť leader Radoslav Procházka was replaced on November 22 by Zuzana Zimenová who has already said she wants to be non-affiliated, the Pravda daily reported.
“I will be an independent MP, I have never been a member of Sieť,” Zimenová said, as quoted by Pravda. “I will neither be in Most-Híd caucus nor support the government. I said it before in March and it still applies.”
Though Zimenová announced she would not support the government shortly after the Sieť party, on whose slate she ran in the parliamentary elections, agreed on forming a coalition with Smer, the Slovak National Party (SNS) and Most-Híd, she has become advisor to Education Minister Peter Plavčan (SNS nominee).
She left the post after she was appointed an MP, however, Pravda wrote.
Zimenová wants to cooperate mostly with Sieť renegades Miroslav Beblavý, Katarína Macháčková and Simona Petrík, who also left due to their party joining forces with the remaining three coalition parties. She however admitted that in the future she may support the coalition proposals, if they will bring some improvement.
The representatives of the ruling parties addressed by Pravda do not consider the loss of one vote a problem and say the coalition is stable.
Zimenová replaced Procházka, who is vying to become a judge at the European Court of Justice’s General Court and has recently resigned as an MP and also left the party he founded two years ago. He claims that he will return to lawyer-related activities regardless of whether or not he is selected as a judge in Luxembourg, the TASR newswire reported.
23. Nov 2016 at 13:34 | Compiled by Spectator staff