Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Coalition loses another MP

Despite the loss, it should not lose its majority.

Zuzana Zimenová(Source: TASR)

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.”

Read also: Read also:Coalition now just three parties

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.

Read also: Read also:Procházka gives up his mandate and party membership

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.

Top stories

How to sell Slovak books to English readers

Slovak literature makes it to the big bookstores of London, but it is unlikely to become a bestseller yet.

On Wednesday, Slovak literature will be presented in one of the biggest bookstores in London. Among the new books translated into English is also the anthology of current Slovak prose selected and translated by Magdalena Mullek and Júlia Sherwood.

EC: Focus on education and labour market

Some recommendations remain the same as last year.

Illustrative stock photo

No Slovaks among the victims of Manchester attack so far

The representatives of Slovakia have expressed their sympathy to the families of the victims.

Police guard close to the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Britain, on May 23, 2017, a day after an explosion.

Slovak paralympic athletes win gold and bronze at World Championship

Three Slovaks became world champions in table tennis in the TM2 category at the World Paralympic Championship in Bratislava.

L-R: Ján Riapoš, Martin Ludrovský in the Slovakia-Taiwan match at the paralympic world championship, May 19.