Opposition failed to recall Smer's Glváč. Will he step down on his own?

Coalition MPs obstructed a special session in parliament.

Deputy Speaker Martin Glváč (left) and Smer chair Robert Fico (right) held a press conference on October 29, 2019Deputy Speaker Martin Glváč (left) and Smer chair Robert Fico (right) held a press conference on October 29, 2019(Source: Sme)

A week after the communication between Marián Kočner and Deputy Speaker of Parliament Martin Glváč (Smer) via Threema and Viber surfaced, he remains glued to the post, thanks to the help of coalition MPs.

The opposition failed to recall him on October 29, after the parliament did not support opening the special session on this matter. Its representatives called on him to resign, the TASR newswire reported.

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“We know one thing for sure,” Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) MEP Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová said, as quoted by TASR. “His political accountability and reputation as a politician have been hit hard.”

Glváč said, standing by Smer chair Robert Fico, he will not be stepping down for now. A change of heart may come after All Saints’ Day, though, he said, as reported by the Sme daily.

Pellegrini implies that Glváč should leave

Fico said he will support any decision Glváč makes, adding it is not right to make one under the pressure of the media.

“As Smer chair, I have a duty to stand in the good and the bad with my people,” Fico said, as quoted by Sme.

Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer) does not want Glváč on the party’s slate, though. In addition, he suggested that Glváč should resign from his post.

“If he announces what we have agreed on, I will be satisfied,” Pellegrini said after the party’s October 29 meeting, as quoted by Sme.

Glváč confirms the texts

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However, on the day the parliament was to discuss Glváč's resignation, he confirmed he has known Kočner for 20 years and texted him.

“But not in the way described in those texts,” Glváč said, as quoted by TASR. “Many of them are twisted, out of context, and many are missing.”

He even filed a criminal complaint against Igor Matovič, chair of the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO), who published the text messages exchanged between Kočner and Glváč via the Viber app. The deputy speaker of parliament also refuted the claims made in the conversation sent via the Threema app, which was recently read in court in the case of the forged TV Markíza promissory notes, where Kočner also stands accused.

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