PM Pellegrini survives no-confidence vote

The session was finally held after several unsuccessful attempts.

Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer).Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer). (Source: TASR)

Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer) survived a no-confidence vote initiated by the opposition.

Opposition parties wanted to try to recall the prime minister after he did not propose recalling former Justice Ministry State Secretary Monika Jankovská (Smer), who had reportedly exchanged numerous text messages with controversial businessman Marian Kočner via the Threema app. He stands accused of ordering the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak.

Out of 130 MPs present during the September 17 vote in the parliament of 150 seats, 62 voted in favour of Mr Pellegrini’s dismissal, while 66 were against and three abstained from the vote, the TASR newswire reported.

A 10-hour debate

The prime minister was, initially, expected to face the vote of no confidence on September 6, and later on September 9. However, there were not enough MPs present to open the sessions. The session finally took place on September 13. The debate lasted 11 hours.

Opposition parties, namely the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO), Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) and Sme Rodina, said the prime minister's vague approach towards Jankovská showed that he puts organised crime and oligarchs before the interests of Slovak citizens.

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“In doing so, PM Pellegrini misused his office and promise to the public, voters, and other Slovak citizens, whose interest he should defend,” the opposition wrote in their proposal, as quoted by TASR.

Opposition: Pellegrini is a puppet

OĽaNO chair Igor Matovič called Pellegrini "the most useless prime minister " in his two-hour monologue during the special parliamentary session.

It took 10 days for Jankovská to leave her office while the prime minister served as her abettor in those days, he added.

SaS MP Natália Blahová went on to label Pellegrini a "puppet prime minister", who should not be at the helm of the government. His acts and statements resembled, in this case, a festival of political alibism and opportunism, she added, as reported by TASR.

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The PM: Feel free to dismiss me every day

“If you propose to dismiss me solely because Monika Jankovská did not lose her office at the moment you wished, go ahead and table votes of no confidence every day," the prime minister said, as quoted by TASR.

The opposition's reasons for his dismissal were poorly justified and irrelevant, Pellegrini and his cabinet added.

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