Deputy Speaker of Parliament resigns

In turn, he asked Béla Bugár to resign as well.

Martin Glváč is leaving parliament.Martin Glváč is leaving parliament. (Source: TASR)

After waiting almost a week, Martin Glváč has resigned from his post as deputy speaker of parliament due to his communications with mobster Marian Kočner. He announced the decision via his Facebook account.

“I care that Smer wins next year's election and that’s why I have decided to give up my position as deputy speaker of parliament today,” he wrote on November 7.

His resignation was expected at the end of October, but Glváč, standing next to Smer’s chair Robert Fico, said that he would make a statement “in a short while” since he did not want to “traumatise” people just before All Saints’ Day.

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Bugár: He should have resigned much earlier

Glváč also mounted an assault on his coalition partner, chair of Most-Híd, Béla Bugár. He initiated a meeting the day before, where he was to ask about the statement of deputy Most-Híd chair Ábel Ravasz who claimed that if Glváč did not resign of his own free will, his party would help him.

Bugár reiterated after the meeting that if there was another special session initiated by the opposition to oust Glváč, Most-Híd would support it.

Glváč called on Bugár to leave parliament as well. He referred to Bugár’s meeting with Kočner on the Maldives shortly after the murder of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová in spring 2018.

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Glváč went on to say that if there was a proposal in parliament to remove Bugár from the post of deputy speaker, the Smer caucus would vote for such a proposal.

Bugár is paying the threats no mind.

“He should have resigned much earlier and nobody should link me with Kočner, especially not him, if he was meeting and texting with him through Viber or Threema, something I’ve never done,” the Most-Híd chair said, as quoted by the Sme daily.

Voting about Kollár

Smer is allegedly preparing a proposal to remove the leader of Sme Rodina (We Are Family) Boris Kollár from his post as chair of the parliamentary public administration and regional development committee. The reason is that it was allegedly Kollár who introduced Glváč to Kočner when they were dealing with some business at Donovaly.

It is not clear from Glváč’s statement whether he will run in the 2020 general election.

President Zuzana Čaputová respects Glváč’s decision and considers it to be the right thing to do.

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