Parliament fails to elect Constitutional Court candidates

The court will operate only with four judges from Saturday, February 16. What will happen next?

(Source: m.smedata.sk)

Parliament repeatedly failed to vote any of the 37 candidates to the Constitutional Court judges. The MPs met in parliament on Thursday, February 14, two days after the first unsuccessful voting and two days before the term of the outgoing nine Constitutional Court judges expires.

The vote was public again, just like its first round on Tuesday. The ruling Smer objected against the public vote. Negotiations between the three coalition partners about the candidates went on for several hours. That was why the vote took place in the evening rather than at 11 am as planned.

By the time of the vote, none of the observers expected the MPs to vote in 18 candidates for the president to choose the nine new judges. Opposition MPs from SaS, OĽaNO, Spolu and Sme rodina stated they agreed on ten names, which they did not specify. The coalition attempted an agreement of its own, with the talks lasting until 30 minutes before the election.

Read also:Fico gave up, threatening a coalition crisis Read more 

Smer MPs again cast empty ballots in protest against the public vote. Smer chair Robert Fico said at his press briefing on Tuesday, when he gave up on candidacy, that “the new judges should be appointed by a new president”.

He thus practically confirmed the scenario some experts expect Smer to pursue: waiting with the election until a new president, who will be known after the March presidential election, takes over. Smer supports European Commissioner Maroš Šefčovič, the favourite in the polls.

Will the court save itself from paralysis?

While politicians talked during the day, the Constitutional Court judges designed their own way of preventing the court from becoming unfunctional.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

Top stories

arrested Pavol Ďurka of NAKA specialised team Purgatory heading to Bratislava' district court.

How an anti-team dismantled an elite police team with the help of the secret service

Hints of a possible coalition break-up over rule of law not materialising for now.


17 h
Monika Tódová

Charges against Denník N journalists dropped

The decision came after the general prosecutor ordered the regional prosecutor to examine the legitimacy of the charges.


18 h

News digest: Prosecutor calls charges against journalists unlawful and unfounded

Editors-in-chief supported accused journalists before charges were dropped. Poll unveils how an ideal foreigner should look. No vote on changes to the Citizenship Act.


18 h
The latest Focus poll has found that 57.7 percent of Slovaks think the government should not be lenient when it comes to taking refugees in.

Show us you belong and we will accept you. Poll shows Slovaks' attitudes to foreigners

The latest Focus poll unveils how an ideal foreigner looks to Slovaks, and if Slovakia can ever become a home to foreigners.


20. sep
Skryť Close ad